Would You Like to Download VM’s ?


Mark Curphey here again (@curphey on Twitter and www.curphey.com on the web)

This Friday post is a very simple set of questions but before I ask them I wanted to set the context. The subscriptions team have been discussing the idea of packaging up specific subscriptions software into a set of virtual machines that subscribers can download and run; for example Windows Server with SQL Server or Team Foundation Server on Windows Server or a Windows 7 Desktop with Office Ultimate 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. There are several levels of subscriptions and the contents of the VM’s would only be software available to your specific level and well need to work out a nice process for you to easily add your keys and activate but we think it’s achievable.

So two simple questions:

Do you want to download virtual machines ?

If yes, what software do you want pre-installed on the VMs ?


Comments (9)

  1. Nate says:

    yes, absolutley!

    Windows 7 + Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, SQL Server 2008 R2 Express w/ Management Studio, IIS, etc… would be my choice.

  2. Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Office 2010 Pro  Thanks for a the chance to chime in.

  3. anonymous says:

    How about the training configurations for the virtual labs?

  4. @Nate, thanks, sounds like you want a pre-installed "developer desktop" – Noted!

  5. @AngryCPU Developer desktop 😉 Noted! (and thanks for your comment)

  6. @anonymous – Can you expand a bit about exactly what you want ?

  7. David Johnson, CD says:

    Agree with developer desktop.. Already I install Trial packages in VM's myself (a lot easier to delete a VM than format a machine)

  8. Giancky says:

    I agree with Nate. A developer machine with all the tools and SDK, toolkit and training kit.

  9. Shai says:

    Prepare some VM's that can be used as VM Rules on Azure , so we can use them to demo customers with minimum preparations , also allowed sever member's of the dev team in several locations to share demo/debug machine.