SharePoint 2010 Training Environment

Posted on 2012-09-15
Last Modified: 2012-09-21
Hello Experts,
I'm looking for a solution to setup a big training environment for our students.
They need a stand alone virtual machine with Windows Server, MS Office, Visual Studio and SharePoint Enterprise 2010+FAST Search.
The course length is about 17 weeks (119 days) - it's an evening course.
I'm looking for some low cost solution to build this environment.
I checked with CloudShare the costs but I got really expensive offer.
Maybe someone know more than me about the Microsoft's Virtual machines ( - can I use it for different courses and different students time after time?

Thank you.
Question by:svetaye
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    Accepted Solution

    The MS VM's are intended for learning the product.  The main cost will be hardware and that you cannot skimp on or the students will suffer.  A single machine to run all that software simultaneously requires at least 8 GB of RAM dedicated to each student and disk I/O is very intensive so MS has told me to run SSD drives on learning systems like this.
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    Author Comment

    We have strong machines, the issue is to install the same VM for every course on the same machine. Is it OK to use it for 180 days and then reinstall for new students?
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    Expert Comment

    I'd contact MS to confirm.  I have a feeling that would not be the intent of the VM's they provide.
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    Author Comment

    Thank you!
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    Assisted Solution

    Microsoft Training has this problem solved - are you not an MCT?  They have MCT images that don't timeout.

    If you are not MCT, it might be worth the few hundred bucks to get it, just to get the SharePoint software that won't timeout every 6 months - not to mention Office 2010 re-arming and the Windows OS needing a license!

    Otherwise, you are looking at lots of OS and Office licenses to keep them from timing out.  SharePoint would need to be re-installed every 6 months.  (there are scripts to help with that if you like)
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    Author Comment

    Thank you FastFngrz,
    My MCT was expired , I'll check what can I do to renew it.

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