It is amazing to get some many emails etc from you all. The reponse has been fantastic. I am aware that I may not have answered them all, but many of you are also asking for the same info. So I have complied a list of links and am posting useful information in the 'Useful Articles' Section of this blog.
So here goes (in no particular order)..
Presentation Material from the TechNet tour: www.microsoft.ca/technet/falltour/ppt
The Spreadsheet containing the policy settings reference for Windows XP SP2: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ef3a35c0-19b9-4acc-b5be-9b7dab13108e&displaylang=en
Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS) with SP1download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a7aa96e4-6e41-4f54-972c-ae66a4e4bf6c&displaylang=en
Virtual Server 2005 (Eval) download: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/evaluation/rceval.mspx
Active Directory on Windows Server 2003 Resources: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/technologies/directory/activedirectory/default.mspx
How to use the command line tools in AD 2003: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;322684
Great resource for Virtual PC and Virtual Server: http://vpc.visualwin.com/
I would like to add that Windows Update Services (which will replace SUS) is available for evaluation at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/wus/default.mspx