Sign up or log in to https://beacon.paloaltonetworks.com/.
Once in, search for 'pcnse' and you'll get some results for including a 'study guide' and 'exam practice questions'. All of these are done through your browser.
If you are looking for hands-on your best option is a VM-series firewall with a lab license if you can buy one. You have several hypervisors to choose from (hyper-v, esx, kvm, etc).
Kindly note though that PCNSE also contains questions about Panorama which is another purchase if you want to hands-on study it.
Correct. You can use free credits in AWS/Azure to spin up the VM series, the VMs available though Beacon (although last I checked those weren't running the latest PAN-OS versions) or the VM trial that PAN offers. In general, PAN expects you to have been working with PAN already and already have hands-on experience prior to attempting to take this exam.
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