Friday, February 10, 2012

Need a SQL Server 2012 RC0 Hyper-V VM? Here are all 42 parts.

Microsoft Downloads - BI Image X: SQL 2012 RC0

"The Base ImageX Server is a virtual machine that allows a user to test out the latest Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2012 – RC0; including PowerView reports and PowerPivot Excel Documents.  
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Date Published:2/10/2012

The Base ImageX Server is a virtual machine that can be hosted in Hyper-V that allows a user to test out the latest Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2012 – RC0. The virtual machine has been configured to support the use of PowerView reports, PowerPivot Excel documents and various content packs allowing the user to explore the capabilities of SQL Server 2012. Working with the demos that can be installed on the ImageX server the user will have a clear picture of how the SQL Server 2012, Office and SharePoint tools support and enhance the self-service business intelligence environment.

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 with Hyper-V Role installed
  • 8GB ram allocated to the BI ImageX VM
  • Minimum 80GB hard drive space – 250GB recommended
  • Minimum 1 Virtual Processor allocated to the BI ImageX VM – 2-4 Processors Recommended
I believe this is a normal/standard Hyper-V image but the the whole "ImageX" thing and references are making me question that a little...

That said, we really have to have a better way for distributing and getting these VM's from Microsoft. 42 parts? And then the setup, config, etc, to just eval and play with an image that's going to expire soon? In a perfect, cloud world, it would be nice if we never had to download them at all... Think "Azure VM Eval" service, where the standard image is the shared and everyone gets their own Diff's. So storage isn't wasted and thereby cheaper.

Update 3/31/2012: The password is pass@word1 as mentioned here, 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (SP1). Thanks Charles!

Anyway, here's the direct download URL's;

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