Run IT on a Virtual Hard Disk
I don't know how often i've had to delay playing with a new piece of released technology, just because I was in the middle of another set of tests and simply didn't have the time to create my own virtual server environment again to accommodate the platform i want to test.
Here's a bit of good news - Microsoft VHD (www.microsoft.com/vhd) is a set of virtual hard disks available for download which already has the necessary bits installed.
Currently there's a range of virtuals available:
|Biztalk Server 2006 ||System Center Essentials 2007|
|Exchange Server 2007 ||System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007|
|Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 ||Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite|
|ISA Server 2006 ||Visual Studio 2005 Team System|
|Microsoft Office 2007 Professional ||Windows Server 2008 Beta 3|
|Office Sharepoint Server 2007 ||Windows Server 2003 R3|
|SQL Server 2005 ||Windows Vista|
|SQL Server 2005/Exchange 2007 || |
Just download either Virtual PC or Virtual Server 2005 (which is free btw), and you're ready to go!