SharePoint: Microsoft’s Eval SharePoint 2007 VHD Download is Now for Hyper-V Only!




This URL used to point to a 32 bit VHD that would work in Virtual PC on just about any 32 bit Windows from XP on.  According to the link above It now requires:

  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is required to use this virtual machine
  • In addition to the system requirements for Windows Server 2008 as described in the release notes, a 64-bit system with hardware-assisted virtualization enabled and data execution prevention (DEP) is required.
  • It is also recommended to ensure that you have a clean install of x64 edition of Windows Server 2008 to be able to use the Hyper-V technology.

When I try to start this VHD from VPC I see the initial BIOS startup and then a black screen. The base PC’s Task Manager shows a lot of CPU activity, but nothing but a black screen in VPC.

Doing some web searching it appears that it can be made to run on VPC, but you will need to have access to a machine with Hyper-V to “fix” it.

Here is one possible solution: http://codebetter.com/blogs/peter.van.ooijen/archive/2010/01/31/from-hyper-v-back-to-virtual-pc.aspx


I have not tried the steps in the above link yet, but if you have gotten this to work in VPC, then please post a comment with instructions or a link.



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