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Microsoft Download has now posted a number of virtual hard drive (.VHD) images pre-installed with Windows Server products like Exchange 2007, SQL 2005, ISA Server 2006 and Windows Server 2003 R2. This is a brilliant move IMO as it removes one of the biggest barriers to testing software in a virtual environment: the time it takes to install and set up the environment. I am curious to see the licensing and expiry around these images, but again, IMO, this is clearly a move in the right direction and I applaud Microsoft for this offering. Keep it coming! For a while Microsoft has offered this to its partners to help accelerate a demo environment for showcasing its solutions. I would also love to see more "technical scenarios" added to these for the general public or enterprise customers. The web page itself is throwing up an error, but the images are on Microsoft downloads.


Posted on Monday, November 6, 2006 9:45 AM Exchange , Windows Server , Virtualization | Back to top

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