Happy Holidays and look what Santa’s brought 2009 edition

As many know, one of the things I do is build and maintain virtual machine images for Microsoft. With the end of the year coming, two particular virtual machines, that are very dear to me, are about to expire. Something had to be done.

I’m happy to report that the VSTS virtual machines are all updated with fresh bits and expiration dates. You now can test and evaluate (since these images are NOT licensed for production use) Team System 2008 with SP1.

First off, the new expiration date is January 31, 2011.

Second, we didn’t produce two images this time. We produced FOUR SEVEN!

That’s right, we’ve produced the same four as before. A VSTS “all-up” image with Team Foundation Server, Team Build, Team Explorer, and Team Suite. And a TFS “only” image with just Team Foundation Server, Team Build, and Team Explorer. We also produced two Hyper-V compatible images. You can still download the ones that make you happy!

As part of the refresh and extending the expiration date, I’ve updated the images to include the following (naturally some items only appear in the “all-up” images):

-> the latest virtual machine additions or integration services components
-> all of the latest Windows Updates as of December 10, 2009 including SQL Server 2005 SP3
-> the GDR2 for the product formally known as Visual Studio 2008 Database Edition (aka Data Dude)
-> Some additional Visual Studio hot fixes
-> current Process Explorer, Process Monitor, and Background Info

Naturally at this point, you’re wondering, where are the goods? Here they are:

-> VSTS “all-up” Virtual PC/Virtual Server image (7.5 GB download, expands to 17.5 GB)
-> TFS “only” Virtual PC/Virtual Server image (3.31 GB download, expands to 8 GB)
-> VSTS “all-up” Hyper-V image (7.5 GB download, expands to 17.5 GB)
-> TFS “only” Hyper-V image (3.31 GB download, expands to 8 GB)

The Virtual PC 2007/Virtual Server 2005 R2 compatible images provide VMC files for Virtual PC 2007 SP1 and Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Update. The VMC file that ends in –V7 is for Virtual PC and the one that ends in –R2 is for, well, Virtual Server.

The Hyper-V downloads only contain the VHD. You’ll need to configure them yourself. I wanted to make it as easy as possible.

So, if you’re keeping score, you realize that’s only four. What are the other three?

We’ve created three Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 images. Each image is the same. We’ve produced one each for Virtual PC 2007 SP1/Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7, and Hyper-V/Hyper-V R2.

Each image contains Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2, Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2, and the various agents used for data collection. In addition, there’s some sample code and data. I’ll blog on this later.

Where are they?

-> Virtual PC 2007 SP1/Virtual Server 2005 SP1 virtual machine (7.2 GB download, expands to 21.5 GB)
-> Windows Virtual PC virtual machine (7.2 GB download, expands to 21.5 GB) 
-> Hyper-V/Hyper-V R2 virtual machine  (7.2 GB download, expands to 21.5 GB)

NOTE: These images EXPIRE much earlier because of the use of evaluation and beta versions of the products installed. In particular, SQL Server 2008 stops April 9, 2010. By that date, I know that I hope the release version of Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010 will be out.

And as a reminder, these images do not contain antivirus so follow your corporate policy before you bring them up on a network. That said, they are all built from the same base so duplicate IDs on a network is possible. Use Shared NAT or one of the many other options to get network access without causing problems.

Happy Holidays and enjoy!

Comments (10) -

Anthony Borton
Anthony Borton
12/23/2009 6:40:25 PM #

Hi Brian,

Congrats on getting these out the door. I am well aware of how much time these take Smile



Wes MacDonald
Wes MacDonald
12/25/2009 6:26:23 AM #

Thanks for the early Christmas gift!


12/28/2009 2:57:55 AM #

Download files at below link are not working.. pls. check..thanks.


12/28/2009 3:07:09 AM #

The below link takes forever to go through the registration process..


Pls. check. Thanks

12/28/2009 5:55:28 AM #

what is the password for the tfsSetup username?

Brian A. Randell
Brian A. Randell
12/28/2009 3:24:36 PM #


1) I've personally checked all the links, they're working fine. It's possible the download servers had not replicated in your region. Can you try again?
2) I'm sorry. The registration process is what it is. I did it and it only took about 30 seconds.
3) The password is P2ssw0rd (which is listed on all the login screens).



12/31/2009 9:48:18 AM #

Hello Brain,

Regarding VS2010, there is a seperate download for Windows 7 and VPC 2007

Why split it up? Windows 7 can open VPC 2007 images right? Is the windows 7 in a native format or something?

I need to use the image on vista and windows7 so I will download only the VPC2007 one. AM I missing some speed improvment if I open this image up in windows 7?

Regards, Tom

Brian A. Randell
Brian A. Randell
1/1/2010 3:14:57 AM #


Windows Virtual PC introduces a new motherboard that supports USB and has different Virtual Machine additions than Virtual PC 2007. Thus we wanted to make it a no hassle experience.



1/5/2010 4:44:20 AM #

Thanks Brian!

Just finished test running the Hyper-V version - looks great and I look forward to putting it (and me!) thru its paces.

Try to locate some form of walk thru script to put the various user accounts to the use; nothing located thru on the VHD C:. Is there something that can be download to give some guidance? At this point I expecting to use the MSDN and Channel-9 walk-throughs and videos, and that these should work out great against these images (guessing that creating these images are created in part for use in a paid training experience).

My next step (experiment) is to use this image in a boot-from-VHD scenario on my main learning machine, an HP laptop (with diff disks, etc). Or is hosting via Hyper-V still preferable? ..Or should I use VPC or WVPC VHD versions for this approach?

Comments are closed

About the author

Brian A. Randell is a Partner with MCW Technologies, LLC. Brian is also currently a Visual Studio ALM MVP.

Month List