Microsoft continues to provide IT Professionals methods to evaluate their software for free! In addition to free TechNet Virtual Lab Versions of:
Well now you can download and test Microsoft Server technologies using their free virtualization software (PC & Server)
You simply mount these preloaded virtual image files (.VHD) — and you’ll be test driving powerful Microsoft Server software on your own computer, with or without a Server!
Exchange Server 2007 VHD This download enables you evaluate how Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 together can help create an optimized messaging system for your organization. Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is designed to reduce the growing cost and complexity of managing a corporate messaging system by providing more control for IT administrators, more value and expanded inbox access for end users, and increased security and compliance for the organization as a whole. (Support Documents: FAQ & Help)SQL Server 2005 VHD This download helps you discover some of the new features and functionality in SQL Server 2005, the next-generation data management and analysis solution from Microsoft. SQL Server 2005 provides benefits across your organization in three key areas:
- Enterprise data management
- Developer productivity
- Business intelligenceInternet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 VHD This download helps you test and evaluate how ISA Server 2006 can help you with your concerns about the security, performance, manageability, or reduced cost of network operations. ISA Server 2006 is an integrated edge security gateway that helps protect your IT environment from Internet-based threats while providing your users fast and secure remote access to applications and data. ISA Server 2006 can help you securely publish content for remote access, Connect and secure branch offices, and defend against external and internal web-based threats. (Support: Evaluation Guide & Walkthroughs & ISA Best Practices Analyzer Tool)Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition VHD This download helps you evaluate the new features of Windows Server 2003 R2, the most productive infrastructure platform for powering connected applications, networks, and Web services from the workgroup to the data center. Windows Server 2003 R2 simplifies branch server management, improves identity and access management, reduces storage management costs, provides a rich Web platform.