Found this gem on Rick Claus' blog just now. He said, "This comes up a lot when talking with IT folks. Everyone needs a lab to kick the tires and try stuff out. You can invest in the time to make it yourself and use EVAL software - or you can check out the vLabs on TechNet. I recommend the "build your own" approach, but sometimes a quickie v-lab will do the job. Remember - you DON'T need to follow the step by step - it can be freeform if you like."
Link to his blog post: http://regularitguy.com/2013/12/17/need-a-quick-labsandbox-to-try-out-msft-technologies/ Enjoy!
This is a good suggestion but, I would rather advice student to use Tech net and a standard classroom or online labs first to discover all the necessary guides, steps and NOTES. Afterward, you can progress using evaluation software to create new way of doing things.
Nice tip! Thank!