The guest OS are a variety of Windows XP SP2 (for log analysis) and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1 (for Exchange Server 2003 SP2 and Newsgator Enterprise Server).
Since I will be starting a new project sometime soon, I am also running a Windows Server 2003 R2 with SQL Server 2005, which I have downloaded from Run IT on a Virtual Disk, a series of ready-to-run demo virtual machines available for download now.
Very convenient if you want to try a new feature or test something but don't have the time to create a new machine (initialise, install, update, etc). The download list includes Windows Server 2003 R2, Exchange Server 2007, ISA Server 2006, and SQL Server 2005.
These downloads are fully functional machines, ready to use for 30 days (or more if activated with a MSDN key), with an expire date set to sometime in Q107 or Q207 (it depends on which machine you are using). You can start running a new (virtual) computer straight away after the download.
By the way if you use Microsoft Windows Vista and perform a Complete PC Backup, the resulting file is a .VHD (vitual hard disk).
Also if you are running Microsoft Windows Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 or newer then you can use the vhdmount tool to mount a .VHD file as a drive on the host OS and browse its contents. Really neat.
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