Great news, VHD Test Drive - System Center Configuration Manager v.Next on Windows Server 2008 R2 is available for download!!!
This download comes as a pre-configured Virtual Hard Disk (VHD). It enables you to evaluate System Center Configuration Manager v.Next Beta 1 on Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD.
Download this fully configured virtual machine of the latest release of System Center Configuration Manager v.Next Beta 1.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V is required to use this virtual machine. In addition to the system requirements for Windows Server 2008 as described in the release notes, a 64-bit system with hardware-assisted virtualization enabled and data execution prevention (DEP) is required. It is also recommended to ensure that you have a clean install of x64 edition of Windows Server 2008 to be able to use the Hyper-V technology. Prerequisites, installation steps, OS recommendations, and known issues of Hyper-V can be found here.
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