SharePoint 2010: VHDs Now Available


Update: Microsoft has released the RTM VHDs for 2010. See here: http://techtrainingnotes.blogspot.com/2010/05/sharepoint-2010-evaluation-vhd-download.html





(2007 VPC/VHD info here: http://techtrainingnotes.blogspot.com/2008/01/sharepoint-vpcs.html)




I have updated this article with more info about the Microsoft VHD download…

  • I have added some more info on the install process
  • I have added a list of what I “found” in the VHDs (password, software installed, etc)
  • I have documented some version and setup info (IPs etc)


Download VHDs from Microsoft (below) or build your own…

Step by step build using  VMWARE Workstation

Step by step build using  VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/ )

A good comparison of what others have done:


SharePoint 2010 Beta VHDs now available

Microsoft has released a two VHD set of images to help you evaluate just about everything in SharePoint 2010, including FAST search, Project Server 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and Office 2010.  “Everything” comes with a price… 13 GB of download!  And… these expand into 47 GB VHDs! 

You will need Windows Server 2008 R2, 50 GB of disk, 8 GB of RAM and Hyper-V to run these.

The description and instructions on the download page are formatted as two big paragraph with everything run together, so I have reformatted it here so you can see the cool stuff preinstalled for you.


Download here:




(text from the link above… see the link for the latest info)


This download contains a two Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.


Virtual machine “a” contains the following pre-configured software:

1. Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
3. Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2
4. Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Ultimate Edition
5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition Beta 2
6. Microsoft Office Web Applications Beta 2
7. FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 Beta 2
8. Microsoft Project Server 2010 Beta 2
9. Microsoft Office 2010 Beta 2 10. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2


Virtual machine “b” contains the following pre-configured software:

1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, joined to the “CONTOSO.COM” domain
2. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Active directory has been preconfigured over 200 “demo” users with metadata in an organizational structure. All of these user profiles have been imported and indexed for search within SharePoint Server 2010, with “contoso\administrator” granted administrator permissions.

SharePoint Server 2010 has been configured in a “Complete” farm using Kerberos authentication and the default SQL Server 2008 instance for data, and has a site collection created using the Team Site template at http://intranet.contoso.com/ and a FAST Search Center at http://intranet.contoso.com/search/.


Performance Considerations

1. If possible, unpack and run the VM image on a separate, fast hard drive (7200 RPM or better) from the operating system of the host machine. If this is being done on a laptop, a second internal drive or external eSATA drive works best, though USB 2.0 (make sure it's 2.0, 1.1 is too slow) or Firewire is acceptable. For absolute best performance use a second internal SSD drive.




Note: The instructions on the download page are not quite complete and I have learned a few things with multiple installs…  I have added comments in red…

Note: If you choose to create a new virtual machine instead of importing the exact configuration then be careful about what the “virtual hardware” looks like or you will have to reauthenticate Windows (and you don’t know the key!”.  In a nutshell:  both machines: a virtual LAN named “internal”, two virtual CPUs and 5 GB for the “a” machine and 1 GB for the “b” machine.


You will need: Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and at least 8 GB of RAM

Extract the files by double-clicking the EXEs from the download. (I created a folder name “C:\SP2010Demo\” and under the files creating  “C:\SP2010Demo\Ext 2010-4a” and “C:\SP2010Demo\Ext 2010-4b”

  1. Start Hyper-V Manager from Control Panel -> Administrative Tools
  2. Confirm that the local host machine appears in the Hyper-V Manager list and select it if not already done
  3. Under Actions, click Virtual Network Manager…
  4. Confirm that you have created an Internal virtual network named “Internal”. (Only use the name “Internal”! Any other name and the import “will succeed with errors” and you will need to reconnect the virtual network and reconfigure the IP4 settings – see notes below for correct IP addresses to use) Internal networks limit connectivity to only VMs and the host. If a suitable not, create one now using the following steps:
    1. Click on Virtual Network Manager in the Actions pane
    2. Choose New virtual network in the Virtual Networks pane
    3. Choose Internal from the type list and click Add
    4. Enter a name of Internal and click OK
    5. On the local server, not a virtual machines, click Start menu -> right-click Network –> Properties
    6. Click Change adapter settings
    7. Find the adapter with a description of Internal, right-click and choose Properties
    8. Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 and enter the following values:
      1. IP address:
      2. Subnet mask:
      3. Default gateway: (leave blank)
      4. Preferred DNS server:
    9. Click OK
  5. Close the Virtual Network Manager dialog.
    1. Under Actions, click Import Virtual Machine…
    2. Use the Browse button to select the folder where the virtual machine package was extracted. Do not check “Duplicate all files”
      They did not mention to select “Copy” or “Move”. I used “Move” and had no problems".
    3. Click Import and wait for the Import to complete – the import status will appear in the Operations column
    4. Select the newly imported virtual machine and click Settings in the right pane of the Hyper-V Manager
    5. Confirm (and correct if necessary) that the Network Adapter is connected to the Internal network from step 1d.
    6. Also review the memory settings and adjust if needed for your machine. Don’t change the number of virtual CPUs as this invalidated the “authorized install”…
  6. Close the virtual machine Settings dialog.
  7. Start the Ext 2010-4a machine first as it is the domain controller (and just about everything else except for Exchange)
  8. After a short while you will be asked to restart the virtual machines “to apply changes”.


What I found in the VHDs…

  • The password is pass@word1
  • The screen resolution is set at 1024 x 768
  • RAM is set to 5 GB for the “a” machine and 1 GB for the “b” machine
  • VHDs:

VHD: Ext 2010-4a

Computer name: demo2010a
Full computer name: demo2010a.contoso.com
Computer description: <blank>
Domain: contoso.com

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

Password:  pass@word1

Primary roles:
  SharePoint Server   14.0.4514.1009 (and some 14.0.4536.1000)
  FAST server
  Active Directory

Required IP address:

VHD: Ext 2010-4b

Computer name: demo2010b
Full computer name: demo2010b.contoso.com
Computer description: Exchange Server 2010
Domain: contoso.com

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

Password:  pass@word1

Primary roles:
  Exchange Server

Required IP address:


  • Software installed:

VHD: Ext 2010-4a

Microsoft Office Communicator (and Office Communicator Server)
Microsoft FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010
Microsoft Office
  Microsoft Access 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft Excel 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft InfoPath Designer 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft InfoPath Filler 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft Office 2010 Tools
  Microsoft OneNote 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft Project 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft Publisher 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft Visio 2010 (Beta)
  Microsoft Word 2010 (Beta)
Microsoft Office 2010 Developer Resources
  Microsoft Visio 2010 SDK
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products
  SharePoint 2010 Central Administration
  SharePoint 2010 Management Shell
  SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard
Microsoft Silverlight 3 SDK
Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  Microsoft Visio 2010 SDK
Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  Analysis Services
  Configuration Tools
  Documentation and Tutorials
  Import and Export Data (32-bit)
  Import and Export Data (64-bit)
  Integration Services
  Performance Tools
  SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio
  SQL Server Management Studio
Microsoft Sync Framework
  Microsoft Sync Framework Documentation
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Documentation
  Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  Visual Studio Tools
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
  Microsoft Test and Lab Manager
  Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 - ENU
  Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Documentation
  Microsoft Windows SDK Tools
  Team Foundation Server Tools
  Visual Studio Tools
SharePoint 2010 All Up Demo
Windows PowerShell 1.0
Windows PowerShell V2 (CTP3)
  Getting Started
  Quick Reference
  Release Notes
  User Guide
  Windows PowerShell ISE (CTP3)
  Windows PowerShell ISE (X86)(CTP3)
  Windows PowerShell V2 (CTP3)
  Windows PowerShell V2 (X86)(CTP3)

1 comment:

Muraray Subbiah said...

Good information on the how to configure dude...

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