Buy a subscription to the Virtual Learning Environment and try anything without impacting your PI System. With the Virtual Learning Lab Environment you can learn new skills, test your knowledge, or try things with your PI System that you simply cannot do on your production system. Browse the environment free-form or follow one of our carefully crafted Learning Labs. We have dozens of Learning Labs on topics ranging from simple displays and reports to system management to programming.
Each Learning Lab has a workbook that you can download from the learning site and an accompanying video that describes the approach and solution. The Virtual Learning Environment has a working PI System that is running and available 24 hours, 7 days a week. The environment is yours to do what you want. This is the same virtual environment that has been popular at our User Conferences and Seminars.
You can purchase a one month or a one year subscription to the Virtual Learning Environment, and you can start here: http://learning.osisoft.com/Virtual_Learning_Lab_Detail.aspx# (Please note that it can take 24-48 hours for your account to be ready).
You can see the manuals for the Learning Labs here: http://learning.osisoft.com/Virtual_Learning_Labs_Workbooks.aspx
The videos are available on YouTube, you can find them by searching for individual lab name, by searching for "OSIsoft Virtual Learning Labs" or by going to the playlist located here.
If you are a member of vCampus you also have access to programming labs. You can find the manuals and the videos in vCampus. Please go to http://vcampus.osisoft.com and navigate to the Training Center for more information.
You can find a list of currently available software in the Virtual Learning Environment here: http://community.osisoft.com/index.php?/topic/1301-software-available-in-the-virtual-learning-environment/
or in vCampus here: http://vcampus.osisoft.com/discussion_hall/generic_forums/f/27/t/3921.aspx