As IT professionals, we need to understand the importance and value of continuous learning in our careers. The industry is constantly changing, new technologies being introduced … and the only way to be more confident at what you do is to constantly improve your skills. What better way to do that is to have a personal lab environment that allows you to safely test ideas and concepts prior to doing it in a production environment. In this mini-course, I will show you how to build a personal lab environment for deploying SQL Server on Windows Server Failover Clusters - be it for the traditional failover clustered instances (FCI) or Availability Groups (AGs.) I will show you the lab environment that I used for creating my online course Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) for the Smart SQL Server DBA.