Free virtual machines from Microsoft

Free virtual machines from Microsoft

Summary: Finally, Microsoft has started to make something of it's virtualization technology. First, it made Virtual PC 2005 a free download (and Virtual PC 2007 for Windows Vista will also be free) and now it has released four pre-configured VHDs (Virtual Hard Disks) for Virtual Server 2005 R2.

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Finally, Microsoft has started to make something of its virtualization technology.  First, it made Virtual PC 2005 a free download (and Virtual PC 2007 for Windows Vista will also be free) and now it has released four pre-configured VHDs (Virtual Hard Disks) for Virtual Server 2005 R2.

The four virtual hard disks are:

The idea behind these VHDs is simple - it offers a way for interested parties to evaluate Microsoft software on their own terms, in their own environment, for free.

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Here are the system requirement details:

  • You need Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition
  • You also need Virtual Server 2005 R2
  • On top of the system requirements for the operating system, you need an additional 10GB of disk space and 512MB of RAM
  • These downloads are massive so make sure that you have a fast connection and plenty of free disk space

What would be really cool is to see some Windows Vista/Office 2007 virtual machines (.VMC files) for Virtual PC - that would give both home users and SOHO users a chance to see what the new products have to offer.

For more information on VHDs, start by checking out this page on TechNet.

Topic: Microsoft

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  • 1 vote makes 200%?

    Wow, thanks!

    I'm for having any vendor put their wares into a VM to ease the initial testing.
    mdemuth
    • Looks like the poll's file again ...

      Maybe someone bought it an abacus!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • there is a bug in zdnet

        The last time I voted, it said 2 votes
        100% for the first item
        50% for the second item (that I voted).
        code_Warrior
  • It'ss

    It's "its", not "it's".
    KihOshk
  • 114% ?

    Hmmm.... Hope it's not the same computers tallying the elections :)
    BitTwiddler
    • Uh-oh!

      :-)
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • MS VM / No Competition

    Is MS virtual machines 'competition' for?:

    o VMWare Virtual Server
    o XenEnterprise 3.1

    Think about it.

    Is it a coincidence MS is cozying up to Novell/SUSE[1] ('Interoperability')?

    Novell/SUSE got game.

    ==============================================
    [1] - Xen is standard equipment in Novell/SLES
    D T Schmitz