MSDNVirtual Labs

From my previous post on developing for Windows 8. I just wanted to make you aware of the many great virtual labs for exploring our latest technologies.

MSDN Virtual Labs enable you to quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's newest products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use MSDN Virtual Labs online immediately, free. Check here for system requirements.

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From the perspective of schools, college and universities, with highly secure MDE’s ‘managed desktop environments’ these virtual labs and the opportunity of running Windows 8 development and the latest technologies may be a valuable resource.

The process of the Labs are completed is opening a web page, which then create an interactive remote desktop session with a Windows Server 2003 which then allows you to remotes into a desktop image. Their are full instructions, guidance and set time limit which your allocated to undertake the lab and guide the user through the learning exercise.

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Do to these labs utilising a remote desktop session you may encounter some performance issues, a colleague Eric Nelson has played with a few settings to improve things by changing the remote desktop experience to improve the graphics performance due to bandwidth constraints which may be faced specifically by School networks.

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After you make these changes, disconnect and reconnect to the session to experience the improvements.