Sunday, November 19, 2006

VHDs - Microsoft's virtual appliances

Following VMWare’s model of virtual appliances, Microsoft started to offer also, as free downloads, preinstalled virtual machines under the name of pre-configured Virtual Hard Disks (VHD).

Although at this moment the offer is limited and includes mostly Microsoft products (Windows Server 2003 R2, Exchange Server 2007, SQL Server 2005, etc), it is expected to see more in the near future due to VHD Test Drive Program that address to Microsoft partners willing to distribute there applications in a VHD container.

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