New Visual Studio 2010 virtual machines - with sample data

Thx to Brian Keller and the product team, we have new virtual machines for you to download and play with

Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server 2010 – Beta 2, WITH SAMPLE DATA

This VM included everything you need to learn and demonstrate the ALM capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 (with the exception of Lab Management – the product team is hard at work on a solution for configuring Lab Management in a VM). This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows [7] Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance benefits and snapshotting capabilities.

We also have a preliminary set of 7 hands-on labs (which also double as demo scripts) that you can go through with this VM, with more in the works. Note that each lab/demo is designed to work in isolation from the other labs/demos, so be sure to have a rollback strategy in place (VPC undo disk / Hyper-V snapshots) prior to working on a lab/demo. To download these labs please visit (you can click on “Download as ZIP file” to grab everything at once). These labs will be making their way into a refresh of the Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit soon. The “Working with the Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machine” document is a work in progress and will be updated in the coming days, but for not it should have everything you need to get started. Any questions, just ask… feedback on these labs/demos is welcome!

This image will effectively expire on April 9, 2010 when the SQL Server Trial expires. You will also receive Windows activation messages while using this VM – this is because of the way Windows Server 2008 trial behaves and is to be expected, and you can ignore / cancel these activation dialogs when prompted. If you want to get rid of these activation warnings you can activate the image using your own product key (from your MSDN Subscription if you have one :)). You may want to do the same for the copy of Office which is installed.

Public download locations:

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Hyper-V)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Windows [7] Virtual PC)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (Virtual PC 2007 SP1)


check out Brian's post on how to use a download manager to grab these files in a faster and more robust manner.