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Azure Lab Services

Azure Lab Services


What is Azure Lab Services?

Microsoft's Azure Lab Services provides easily set up on-demand access to preconfigured virtual machines (VMs) to support learning and practice scenarios, to teach a class, train professionals, run a hackathon or a hands-on lab, and more.

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Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
As a company specialized in software consultancy services, stay updated in new technologies is always required. I have had the possibility to follow certain azure certifications thanks to my current job and the Azure Lab Services has been present in my material to study. <br><br>I can say it has been really helpful to jump from theory to practice in a safe environment without compromising my personal information or wasting free resource at first sign in
  • Avoid using personal info and wasting personal resources
  • Really fast setup to follow exercises in a safe environment
  • Clean the environment for future uses
  • Sometimes it have problems loading but it's not a big deal
- It is great to train a large team or individual contributors
- It can be used to follow anyone training without worrying about speed of learning
- To test certain scenarios and proof of concept
  • Avoiding use of personal environment
  • no corporative accounts are required
  • no personal accounts are required
  • Better real practice for everyone
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Azure Lab Services is the solution to how do you provide higher power workloads to users without committing to high power devices that need to also support business functions such as email and other business level power workloads compared to running Adobe or Autodesk. Our organization needs to support a flexible number of users at a time and have run up against physical numbers of devices versus users. Azure Labs allows up to spin up another set of machines in moments if needed.
  • 3d Graphics powered machines
  • Ease of deployment
  • Ease of Access
  • Ease of Management
  • Better organization integration
  • improve integration with MECM/System Center/Intune
  • Improve HTML5 interface
Azure Lab Services is incredibly beneficial to our school board as a replacement for high-end graphics workstations needed for courses utilizing 3d graphics - the Autodesk and Adobe suites of products. The devices have a cost that is considerably higher than our line of business devices. These high-end devices are designated only for use with those courses meaning that the devices remained underutilized. Azure Lab Services isn't a good replacement for regular workloads as the overhead for management is considerable compared to regular devices.
  • 3d Enabled
  • Ease of Deployment
  • Software Licencing
  • Reduced Capital Costs for 3d Workloads
  • Ability to transition to Hybrid or Learn@Home and provide curriculum resources
  • HTML FrontEnd provides ease of use from any HTML5 device
Azure Virtual Desktop is an excellent tool for extending your existing infrastructure to the cloud and providing the same experience to users in both on-premises and virtual environments. Azure Lab Services, with its quicker setup time, and lack of connection to existing domains provides the ability to quickly spin up virtual environments for use for experimentation, learning, or delivering production resources.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Microsoft Intune + SCCM), Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (formerly Microsoft Defender ATP), Microsoft System Center
Azure Labs Services is envisioned as a potential replacement for our 3d card enabled desktops that are used for classes in Communication Technologies or the Manufacturing and associated technology classes, teaching the use of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite or the Autodesk Suite of design products. The change from a capital cost of replacing a number of machines yearly versus the operational cost of using Azure VMs that can scale up or down based on the number of students enrolled in the classes would leave to a long term costs savings in terms of use and flexibility and response to fluctuations in class enrollments.
  • Price
  • Product Usability
Price is the single most important factor in the decision to use Azure Lab Services. Paying ~$2 dollars an hour for the use of 56 GB multi-core 3d card enabled system that is accessible from anywhere with internet access provides a large amount of savings compared to a $2000 desktop that is stuck in a lab and only usable during class or supervised time. The systems are full windows 10 desktops that provide the same usability as a desktop, so the interface is familliar with our users.
Azure Lab Services was compared with Azure Virtual Desktop, which is an extension of the enterprise environment to the cloud. Rather than having a single dedicated virtual machine per user, a large virtual server was setup and used for users. The breakdown in cost between the individual machines and the larger server let to specific use cases - to replace an entire schools expensive 3d card enabled labs cost about $3000 (CAD) for a 30 seat server running 24/7 for the month. For every 30 users, or roughly one class, another server would need to be spun up. Depending on the size of your environment it may be a more cost-effective solution.
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