Virtual Labs for Live Communication Server (LCS) 2005 (and other products)

Patrick blogged about his experiences with LCS 2005, but if you havent tried it yet you can have a play in a virtual lab without having to install LCS at all…

Virtual Labs for Live Communications Server 2005 are now available on the TechNet site –  you can easily register on the site below to obtain an account and start using these virtual labs.  Topics covered include deploying in a single forest, single domain topology; enabling federation; enabling remote access, and deploying Live Communication Server archiving service. 

Go on to the TechNet site to register:

These are the labs:

 If LCS is not your bag though, there are also Labs available on Exchange, MOM and SMS

Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005
Take advantage of key features of Microsoft Active Directory and SQL Server management packs as well as new features of MOM 2005. This virtual lab allows you to experiment with managing Exchange and Active Directory and Monitoring SQL Server with MOM 2005 in the enhanced security of a sandbox environment.

Microsoft Systems Management Server Manager (SMS) 2003
Test the capabilities of SMS 2003 in the sandbox environment of this virtual lab. Experiment with and learn more about SMS 2003 and Microsoft Active Directory integration, patch management, security updates, Office deployment and configuration of SMS for hardware and software asset inventory and usage.

Microsoft Exchange Server
Learn how to take advantage of key features of Exchange Server 2003. This lab provides exploration of the Microsoft Active Directory and Exchange management packs and walk-through server configurations. In addition, you’ll explore anti-spam and SMTP security features, migration from Exchange Server 5.5, disaster recovery and more.

If you want to know how we deployed LCS internally read the MS IT document on how we did it…