For those of you who don’t know about the VHD Test Drive site, its a Microsoft site, where you can download pre-built Virtual Hard Disks, containing Microsoft OS’s and Server Applications like Exchange 2007.

These are a pretty handy selection of VHDs to have in your Library, as they’ll enable you to quickly deploy the technologies for test/dev purposes.  In terms of what’s available:

  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Ed. x86 (full install)
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Ed. x64 (full install)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Ed. x86 (full install)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Ed. x64 (full install)
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Ed. x86 (core install)
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Ed. x64 (core install)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Ed. x86 (core install)
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Ed. x64 (core install)
  • Exchange Server 2007 SP1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2
  • Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Forefront codename "Stirling"
  • System Center Essentials 2007 SP1
  • Windows Vista
  • All of the Windows Server 2008 VHDs are designed for Hyper-V, so you’ll need to run them on that platform.  Exchange Server, Windows Server 2003 and below (on the list) are designed for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, and the Vista VHD is designed for Virtual PC 2007.