SQL Server 2012 virtual labs feature expired MS software .. and noone cares
I tried a SQL Server 2012 virtual lab this week to test out SSIS in 2012. It turns out the lab "features" expired MS software! So I tried another one of the 2012 labs ... same problem = fantastic! So I emailed their support (which seems like it is an external company), via the support link on the site: ------------------- Original Message ------------------- From: ________ Received: 7/4/2012 5:11 AM To: CMG VLab Support; CMG VLab Support Subject: Support Request from Micrsoft Virtual Labs Hyper-V Edition Site <style><!-- .ExternalClass .ecxEmailQuote {margin-padding-border-} --></style> Microsoft Virtual Labs Hyper-V Edition - Support Request from the website: cmg.vlabcenter.com Name: ___ Email: ______@hotmail.com Date Sent (GMT): 7/4/2012 5:11:36 AM Date Sent (Pacific): 7/3/2012 10:11:36 PM Lab Title: TechNet Virtual Lab Express: SQL Server 2012: Exploring SQL Server 2012 Integration Services Module Id: e266f927-92c5-4249-b78a-6d67d8ca8013 Person Id: _________________________________ ActiveX Id: 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.0; Trident/5.0) Opening Page: Troubleshooting/FAQ Problem Description: In the lab "Exploring SQL Server 2012 Integration Services", the instructions say "To open SQL Server Management Studio, click the Start button, and then select All Programs | Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC0| SQL Server Management Studio". I did this and all I get is a dialog box saying the following: --------------------------- Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio --------------------------- Evaluation period has expired. For information on how to upgrade your evaluation software please go to http://www.microsoft.com/sql/howtobuy --------------------------- OK --------------------------- It looks like I can't do the rest of the course without this? What is worse is the response I eventually received back: From: SeanStastny@exsilioinc.com To: _______@hotmail.com Subject: RE: Support Request from Micrsoft Virtual Labs Hyper-V Edition Site CRM:0014733 Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:57:55 +0000 Hello, Unfortunately this lab is scheduled to be taken down; we currently have no time line for bringing it back up or replacing it. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks, Sean Wow! Can you just feel the love in this response! "Scheduled"?? When? The labs are still there today - why keep these up there if they are not working? "No time line for replacing it"?? This is the 2012 version not 2005 or 2000. Seriously?
July 13th, 2012 1:26am

Seems weird they already want to bring down their virtual labs only a couple of months after the release.MCTS, MCITP - Please mark posts as answered where appropriate.
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July 13th, 2012 2:12am

and even weirder that they are still wasting our time months later ! are any of the SQL 2012 virtual labs still working, they look great in the videos
October 1st, 2012 4:02am

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