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Run IT on a Virtual Hard Disk – Test Drive Program

Posted by Rubel Khan on March 9, 2010

The Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format is the common virtualization file format that provides a uniform product support system, and provides more seamless manageability, security, reliability and cost-efficiency for customers.

Featured VHDs

Using the power of virtualization, you can quickly evaluate Microsoft and partner solutions through a series of pre-configured virtual hard disks (VHDs). You can download the VHDs and evaluate them for free in your own environment without the need for dedicated servers or complex installations.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition x64 (Full Install)
    You will have the opportunity to try the new and improved features and functionality of Windows Server 2008 R2 free for 180 days. Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the foundation of Windows Server 2008, offering new virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and Windows 7 integration. Tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.5, updated Server Manager, Hyper-V platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0 combine to provide greater control, increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
    Windows 7 has many new features and file management enhancements — like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews — to help speed you through everyday tasks. Windows 7 is designed for faster and more reliable performance. With 64-bit support, you can take full advantage of the latest generation of powerful PCs and processors. New features like HomeGroup, an updated Windows Media Center and Windows Touch make new things possible.
  • Exchange Server 2010 for Windows Server 2008
    Evaluate the new capabilities of Exchange Server 2010, which helps you achieve new levels of reliability and performance and delivers features that help to simplify your administration, protect your communications, and delight your users by meeting their demands for greater business mobility.

VHDs by Product

Learn More About VHDs

VHD Product Overview
Learn about the VHD Test Drive Program, get an introduction to virtual machine technology, and read about key features and benefits of using VHDs in this overview.
Frequently Asked Questions about VHDs
Find general information about using VHDs, virtual machine technology, requirements, and more in the VHD FAQ.
Become a VHD Test Drive Partner
The Microsoft VHD Test Drive Program provides Microsoft’s partners a convenient and simplified process for creation of application images, facilitates its widespread distribution by making it available as a free download and enables accelerated evaluation and testing of these applications by customers.
VHD Image Format Specifications
With the VHD format now available as a freely available specification, Microsoft is contributing to the continued expansion of the virtualization market by fostering interoperability among all commercial software solutions, including open source.
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