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New update! As of Friday, April 17, Azure Student Passes are available again for ordering through the Microsoft Courseware Marketplace. For more information, please contact your Microsoft account manager. 

Learn on Demand Systems now offers Learning Partners two ordering options:
1) labs that use an Azure Pass
2) labs that use 
our Azure Cloud Slice solution (which includes the benefit of using Azure subscriptions issued and managed by Learn on Demand Systems) 

How do Microsoft Azure Passes and the Learn on Demand Systems (LODS) Azure Cloud Slice solution differ?

(LODS) Azure Cloud Slice (Microsoft) Azure Pass 
How long are labs available?Yes, labs are now available for 180 daysNo, labs are still available for 30 days (or duration of pass)
Do the labs work?Yes, each lab has been tested and is not subject to any Azure restrictionsMaybe, Azure Passes previously have been restricted and can change with no notice
Is there a cost?Yes, there is a small surcharge to cover Azure costsNo, free to Learning Partners
Can I launch a lab multiple times?Yes, each lab can be launched three timesNo limit
Do I have access to subscription level resources?YesYes
Are Azure accounts automatically created?Yes, accounts are created on your behalfNo, must use an MSA or GitHub account
Is Azure access limited?Yes, access is limited to resources required for the labNo, students can use the pass for non-lab activities
Can labs be saved and later resumed?NoYes
Can I begin the lab right after purchase?Yes, lab access is instantNo, must order Azure Passes via AzurePass.com
Do I need to order anything in addition to the labs?NoYes, must order Azure Passes prior to the class


Important information regarding our Azure Cloud Slice solution: 

  • Lab prices will be increased to cover the Azure consumption costs incurred by Learn on Demand Systems
  • Each lab can be launched a maximum of three (3) times by an individual (applies to both students and instructors)
  • Lab progress cannot be saved and resumed later (each lab is now self-contained so it can be completed in one lab session)
  • Students will continue to have post-class access to labs for 180 days
Are you interested in learning more? Click here to contact us or talk to your LODS Account Manager.


Course Roadmap (click here for Excel Spreadsheet)

CourseCloud Slice/No Azure Pass Required – AvailabilityAzure Pass Required – Availability
20486D: Developing ASP.NET Core MVC Web Applications
20767C: Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse
20778C: Analyzing Data with Power BI
AZ-104T00: Microsoft Azure Administrator**
(also replaces AZ-103 and includes 60 Challenge Labs)
20744C: Securing Windows Server 2016
20765C: Provisioning SQL Databases
AI-100T01: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution
AZ-120T00-A: Planning and Administering Microsoft Azure for SAP Workloads
AZ-204T00: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
(Includes 45 Challenge Labs)
AZ-300T01: Deploying and Configuring Infrastructure
(Includes 10 Challenge Labs)

Issues reported*
AZ-300T02: Implementing Workloads and Security**
(Includes 1 Challenge Lab)

Issues reported*
AZ-300T03: Understanding Cloud Architect Technology Solutions (Includes 3 Challenge Labs)
Issues reported*
AZ-300T04: Creating and Deploying Apps
(Includes 5 Challenge Labs)

Issues reported*
AZ-300T06: Developing for the Cloud
(Includes 1 Challenge Lab)

Issues reported*
AZ-301T01: Designing for Identity and Security
AZ-301T02: Designing a Data Platform Solution
(Includes 5 Challenge Labs)
AZ-301T03: Design for Deployment, Migration, and Integration (Includes 10 Challenge Labs)
AZ-301T04: Designing an Infrastructure Strategy
(Includes 8 Challenge Labs)
AZ-500T00: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies
(Includes over 20 Challenge Labs)
AZ-900T00: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
(Challenge Labs coming soon!)
AZ-220T00: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer
DP-050T00-A: Migrate SQL workloads to Azure
20487D: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services**
AZ-010T00A: Azure Administrator for AWS SysOps**
DP-070T00-A: Migrate Open Source Data Workloads to Azure
20745B: Implementing a Software-Defined DataCenter Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager
MB-400T00-A: Microsoft PowerApps + Dynamics 365 Developer
20777A: Implementing Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Solutions**
DP-200T01A: Implementing an Azure Data SolutionNot available
Issues reported*
DP-201T01A: Designing an Azure Data SolutionNot available
DP-100T01-A: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on AzureNot available
AZ-400T00: Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

* Indicates that Azure Pass issues (due to implemented restrictions by Microsoft) were reported by instructors/students.
** Indicates some lab changes or some labs not available, but course can still be delivered.

Frequently Asked Questions (Click here for more FAQs)

If I select the LODS Azure Cloud Slice lab option, how do I use subscriptions, schedule a class and what will change for my students?
Nothing will change in the student experience. You will schedule and start a lab the same way. When the lab is started, the student is provided credentials in the lab environment that they can use to access Azure.

How can you be sure that LODS will have access to Azure?
Labs that use our Azure Cloud Slice solution run on a set of subscriptions managed by Learn on Demand Systems that are not subject to Microsoft restrictions at this time and have been whitelisted for increased capacity and activity.

Can we purchase labs that use the LODS Azure Cloud Slice solution in the Microsoft Courseware Marketplace?
Yes, select courses are available now.

The course I am scheduled to teach doesn’t have an option for the LODS Azure Cloud Slice labs. When can I expect that?
Check our Course Roadmap (https://lods.one/moccourses) daily for updates. This is the best place to review course status and availability dates. Not all courses will be updated to use Azure Cloud Slice.

For the LODS Azure Cloud Slice labs, will students still have post class access to labs?
Yes, for 180 days (6 months). In order to keep the price of the labs low, students are limited to launching each lab a maximum of three (3) times.

Why is there a limit of only three (3) launches per lab? Are students able to save lab progress and resume later?
The number of launches is limited in order to keep the price of the labs as low as possible. On average, students launch a lab 1.4 times, so we decided to double that to three (3) launches. These labs are designed to be completed in one session so saving is not required, but it is important that the instructor allocate enough time for students to complete the lab.

How long can a student work on a lab with each of the three (3) launches?
We recommend that you double the length of the lab for maximum duration. For example, if the lab takes an hour to complete, set expectations that your student will have two hours available.

What if my course delivery spans multiple days and I want students to maintain their progress over to the next lab/lab module?
We are working with the product teams to devise a solution to enable this for labs that have complex inter-lab dependencies. The solution will include some pre-provisioning of resources, and in some cases, grouping several labs together in one longer session.