Continuing from my last post about using Hyper-V for demos, I recognise that many people try and just create one VM with everything Microsoft BI rammed into it. Ram being the operative word as it’s RAM your most likely to be short of particularly on a laptop.
If you want to run SQL Server (with all the BI components) SharePoint, PowerPivot on one machine possibly configured as a domain controller you’ll need at least 8Gb RAM available to do it. BTW the workarounds for installing SharePoint/ PowerPivot on a domain controller from Dave Wickert aka PowerPivotGeek are here.
Having decided you want to this what are your options?
Finally for any partners reading this there is a demo virtual machine (version 9.2) available to partners complete with the latest demos and scripts to get you started. The link to download it is here. Having got it you can boot form it as I have described above.