So you find yourself in the conundrum of needing to brush up on your hands on skills with either SharePoint 2010? You’ve got a laptop that doesn’t have 8 GB of memory to host that all inclusive VM you downloaded from Microsoft? You’re not running Vista SP2 x64 / 7 x64 / 2008 x64 as your host operating system? You bought a laptop that has 8 GB and running 7 x64 but doesn’t have VT extensions?
Sounds like it’s not quite as easy to get an environment up to learn on as one might hope.
Fear not though, there’s still hope. You can still use Microsoft’s Virtual Labs to spin up through Hands on Labs for both SharePoint 2007 and 2010.
For more, be sure to check out http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/bb512933.aspx
They’re free, low cal and tasty