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.[poll id=18]
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.