Like me if you would like to practice for MCTS certification or play with new SQL server features without a hole in your pocket to build your own servers, you can use one of many Microsoft’s virtual lab. These labs come with pre-installed OS and SQL Server versions. Just click on this link ,sign-in with your hotmail account and select the OS version/ SQL Server you need. Each session will last for 2 hours ONLY, once session is completed you will not be able to get back to the old session, sessions are destroyed once completed.
I have used this to play with AlwaysOn feature,i got 3 VM’s and 1 DC and it works like a charm :). I plan to put a webcast very soon. You can click here to access the labs.