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  • The contents of the E:\labfiles folder on the virtual lab box contains files necessary for completing labs as part of microsoft e-learning. Why in the world would I want to connect to some slow computer half way across the world to do a lab assignment? I've seen other threads on this where the official Microsoft reply is that "Those files cannot be made available." I would really like to know why. If someone is willing to pay hundreds of dollars for an e-learning course, shouldn't they be allowed local access to those files?
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009 6:33 PM

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  • You can download the course for offline use.

    The reason the files can't be made available (at least how I see it) is to do with licensing. In order for you to run the virtual lab locally you would need a server 2003/2008 license and then another license for whichever technology you are training on. If this is exchange for example, you're talking several thousand dollars per person in licenses. Your computer might also not be capable of running the virtual lab, for instance, for exchange 2007 you would need a 64 bit machine, running a 64 bit host, running a 64 bit virtual server with the appropriate RAM and CPU usage, and network sockets. Its just not practical. Its better for MS to host it in the cloud, even if it is dog slow.
    MCDST
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    • Proposed as answer by Brian_Jones Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:09 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:15 AM
    Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:09 PM

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  • You can download the course for offline use.

    The reason the files can't be made available (at least how I see it) is to do with licensing. In order for you to run the virtual lab locally you would need a server 2003/2008 license and then another license for whichever technology you are training on. If this is exchange for example, you're talking several thousand dollars per person in licenses. Your computer might also not be capable of running the virtual lab, for instance, for exchange 2007 you would need a 64 bit machine, running a 64 bit host, running a 64 bit virtual server with the appropriate RAM and CPU usage, and network sockets. Its just not practical. Its better for MS to host it in the cloud, even if it is dog slow.
    MCDST
    MCITP - Enterprise Support Technician - Charter Member
    MCTS - Vista Configuration - Charter Member
    MCTS - Volume Licensing Specialist, Small and Medium Organizations - Charter Member
    MCITP - Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS - Windows Server 2008, Active Directory Configuration
    MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
    • Proposed as answer by Brian_Jones Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:09 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:15 AM
    Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:09 PM
  • I would make the arguement that some of us might have all of the necessary requirements to do the lab work without use of the virtual environment.  Currently at my work we have SQL Server 2008 R2 and I am taking SQL Server 2005 exam courses, all I want is to have the more detailed lab instructions which are only provided on a high level through the course itself and the SQL script which contains the answer so I can check my work.  If most users don't have the necessary software setup to do the lab offline then what is the harm in providing the lab files directly in the course since we are paying so much for the content.  I have been waiting with a ticket open for over a month now and I was told by the tech who called me back that my problem with the lab is known and has been for 2 months now so I am forced to "guess" at the exercise content so that I can move forward, not exactly what I paid money for.
    Steelerfan500
    Tuesday, October 5, 2010 8:02 PM