Ever needed a clean install of a windows server to test with? Maybe you’re creating installs, or a script to create a database, or just need a clean machine to do some network or DR documentation. Well, you have several options. There are numerous virtualization technologies out there. There’s Microsoft’s Hyper-V (included with OS), VMWare’s VMWare Server (free), and Oracle’s VirtualBox (free). You can go get your ISO or Retail DVD and go to town.
You can do this on your laptop or small desktop computer. If you’ve got everything setup and ready to go, you may get this VM up and running in less than an hour!