Pop-up labs in Windows Azure

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I recently came across these two excellent videos about the concept of a pop-up lab in Windows Azure using the IaaS approach of provisioning your own virtual machines. The “pop-up” part of this is that the lab is built, then turned off and de-allocated while not in use. Scripts are used to turn the lab back on, returning your lab environment in about 7 minutes.  There’s been some changes to Azure billing now that make these videos a bit out of date, but the good news is it just simplifies thing…

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