I'm sure you know all about the upcoming features available in Microsoft Application Virtualization (nee SoftGrid) and how it integrates with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 but if you're wanting to get a quick head start on testing some of the new features then my buddy Justin has just the ticket.  Over on his Virtual World blog he posted some easy steps on getting a lab set up super fast:

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/archive/2008/03/27/beta-4-5-and-beta-sccm-r2-how-to-get-a-quick-test-lab-for-sccm-r2.aspx

Just be sure you update your site boundaries once you get this all setup or you're going to run into problems:

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/archive/2008/04/28/beta-4-5-and-sccm-r2-the-requested-software-cannot-be-located.aspx

So you have your test lab all configured - now what?  If you're anything like me you're going to want to try streaming a virtual app from a ConfigMgr 2007 Distribution Point.  Sure it looks easy (and it is) but he outlines a "gotcha" and includes steps on setting this up as well.  Check it out at:

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/archive/2008/04/29/beta-sccm-r2-virtual-application-server.aspx

Justin has done a great job piecing this all together and I'm sure he has many more exciting things in store.  Stay tuned...

J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer