Microsoft has published the Exchange 2010 SP1 Virtual Server for Download on a 60 trial activation. This gives administrators the ability to test drive the functionality before implementing the changes in a production environment.
See the Download page here: Exchange 2010 SP1 VHD
The evaluation period for this virtual machine image ends 180 days after the image has been activated. After the 180 days, the evaluation period is over and the image should be discarded.
For complete use-rights, please refer to the EULA contained within this evaluation package.
· Do not redistribute this image.
· Do not put this image into a production environment.
· It is recommended not to join this image to a corporate network.
· If you choose to join this image to an external network, you should immediately download updates and security patches for the operating system and all applications.
In order to use this evaluation package you will need to have Microsoft Hyper-V installed on a physical machine.
Hyper-V is available on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, and the details on how to install Hyper-V can be found here.
Getting Started in Hyper-V
The evaluation package referenced in this document includes a number of pre-configured virtual machine that you will use to run your evaluation
The above table includes the file necessary to deploy this evaluation image. The file was extracted into the same folder as this document when you ran the installer.
In order to use this evaluation you need to add this package as a new virtual machine to your Hyper-V installation. To do this, perform the following steps from the administration console of your Virtual Server:
· Add the virtual machine to Hyper-V Manager
· Launch the virtual machine
· Configuring virtual networks
· Activate Windows Server 2008 R2
1. Open Hyper-V Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.
2. If you are not already connected to the server that owns the shared storage, connect to that server.
3. From the Action pane, click Import Virtual Machine.
4. Click Browse and select the folder SLC-DC01 in the Import Virtual Machine popup screen.
5. Click Import and then click close.
1. Once you go through the steps in Add the virtual machine to your Hyper-V manager, the virtual machine you added will be listed under the Virtual Machines pane.
2. Right-Click on the virtual machine and click Start.
- Open Hyper-V Manager.
- From the Actions menu, click Virtual Network Manager.
- Under Create virtual network, select the type of network you want to create. The types of network are External, Internal, and Private. Note: You’ll need to select "External" to perform the activation step next.
- Click Add. The New Virtual Network page appears.
Type a name for the new network. Review the other properties and modify them if necessary.
Activate Windows Server 2008 R2 (for 180 day eval)
- If SLC-DC01 is not started at this time, right click SLC-DC01, In the Hyper-V Manager, and choose Start.
- Once it is started, double-click SLC-DC01 to open the window. At the logon prompt, logon using the Username and Password below. Note: There will be a pause while the VM installs the new hardware and assigns a DHCP address from your network.
- Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
- In the System Properties window, click Activate, in the Windows Activation section. Choose the option to Activate over the internet, when prompted.
- Once activated, click Start and then Shutdown.
- Once the VM is shutdown, you can perform two optional steps:
- Change your network adapter type from External to Internal or Private, by bringing up the properties of the network adapter in the Virtual Network Manager under the Actions menu.
- Take a snapshot of your virtual machine by right-clicking SLC-DC01 in the Hyper-V Management console and choosing Snapshot.
Use the following information to log on to Microsoft Windows contained within the virtual machine
· Username: contoso\Administrator
· Password: pass@word1
This image contains Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition installed using a default configuration. No optional components are included.