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UPDATE – How to use VirtualBox for Hyper-V Preconfigured VM Images (Graphical Step-by-Step) – Part 1 of 4

Posted on March 10, 2011 by - 21,124 views

Working with 64 bit Microsoft Trial or Evaluation VM Images

This is an update from my previous blog post in 2010 as a few things have changed, such as new Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.x and the Hyper-V images for SharePoint and Project Server 2010.


What do you do if you downloaded the Preconfigured VM images for your favorite Microsoft 64 bit software from the MS Downloads site (as listed below), but do not have Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V installed on your 64 bit notebook or desktop computer and you don’t have the money buy additional software?

What do you do when you find out that most of these VM images are not configured for the limited amount of hardware resources (RAM, CPU, etc.)

Use VirtualBox with your Microsoft preconfigured VM image and fine tune the VM settings

I developed the following Graphical Step-by-Step procedures to ensure that you can demonstrate trial or evaluation VM images without purchasing and using Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. You only need to complete Part 1 & 2.

I also added steps to increase performance specifically for the 2010 Information Worker Demo Machine and Project Server 2010 add-on.

In this series I divided the procedures into the following four parts:

Part 1: Working with 64 bit Microsoft Trial or Evaluation VM Images

Step 1 – Download and Prepare a 64 bit Microsoft Trial or Evaluation VM Image:
Step 2 – Read the Hyper-V VM Image Documentation:

Part 2: Working with VirtualBox

Step 3 – Download, Install and Configure VirtualBox:
Step 4 – Create the VirtualBox Virtual Machine:
Step 5 – Configure Virtual Machine Settings:
Step 6 – Install VirtualBox Guest Additions:

Part 3: Configuring the 2010 IW Demo Virtual Machine

Step 7 – Modify the Network Configuration and DNS Settings:
Step 8 – Disable Services Not Required:
Step 9 – Configure SQL Server 2008 Maximum Server Memory Settings:
Step 10 – Remove Software Not Required:

Part 4: Reconfiguring SharePoint 2010 Settings (Adding Project Server)

Step 11 – Install Microsoft Project 2010 Demonstration and Evaluation Installation Pack (Optional):
Step 12 – Stopping Non-Configured SharePoint Web Sites:
Step 13 – Stopping SharePoint Web Sites:
Step 14 – Manually Creating the PWA Instance (Optional):


Step 1 – Download and Prepare a 64 bit Microsoft Trial or Evaluation VM Image:

Here’s a list of Hyper-V Trial or Evaluation VM Images that I compiled from the Microsoft Download site:

2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM)
This download contains a two Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Project Server 2010.

Microsoft® Team Foundation Server® 2010 and Microsoft Project Server® 2010 Integration CTP Hyper-V Virtual Machine

This virtual machine provides a community technical preview (CTP) of the integration of Team Foundation Sever 2010 with Project Server 2010. Included with this download are four walkthroughs that demonstrate using enterprise project plans in Project Server associated with team projects in Team Foundation Server.

Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 and Team Foundation Server® 2010 RTM virtual machine for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate simplifies solution development, lowering risk and increasing return. The virtual machine image in this download contains both Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 RTM and Team Foundation Server 2010 RTM and is designed to be run under HyperV.


Exchange Server 2010 VHD
This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 for 60 days.

Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD
This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.

Office Communications Server 2007 R2 VHD
This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 for 60 days.

SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Evaluation VHD
This download comes as a pre-configured VHD. This download enables you evaluate the SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Evaluation Edition VHD for 60 days.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – Evaluation VHD Software
This download consists of five files that you extract into a single pre-configured VHD file. This VHD enables you to create a virtual machine to evaluate Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

Visual Studio® Team System 2008 VSTS Hyper-V Image (Trial)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is the next-generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the Web

Visual Studio® Team System 2008 TFS Hyper-V Image (Trial)
Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server is an integrated collaboration server for Visual Studio Team System.

Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 Virtual Machine Trial Version
Microsoft Whale Communications IAG 2007 Service Pack 2 with Application Optimizers provides SSL VPN, a Web application firewall, and endpoint security management that enable access control, authorization, and content inspection for a wide variety of line-of-business applications. IMPORTANT – you must register to receive the activation key for this software.

In my case, I’ll download the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM) from the link as shown above.

1. On the Microsoft Download page, click Download.



2. In the File Download – Security Warning dialog box, click Save.

3. In the Save As dialog box, navigate to a folder location where you will store all the downloaded files, and click Save.  In my case, I used the D:\Temp folder.


4. Continue downloading all the files.

5. When finished, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder location where you saved all the files and double click the 2010-7a.part01.exe file


6. In the WinRAR self-extracting archive dialog box, verify the Destination Folder is the same folder location where you saved all the files, and click Install. In may case that’s F:\Temp




7. When finished, double click on the new folder and search for the .VHD file.
Look for a folder name Virtual Hard Disks, Virtual HD or VHD


8. When you have found the .VHD file, copy or move the file to the location of the Default Hard Disk Folder in the Sun VirtualBox Console preferences (back in Step 1 – 11)  In my case, the file was 2010-7a.part01.vhd and the folder location was F:\Demo Machines\Images




Step 2 – Read the Hyper-V VM Image Documentation:

Now before we jump right into creating and running the virtual machine, it would be a good idea to review any of the documentation (hopefully there is documentation) for any clues how the Hyper-V VMs are configured so we can replicate the same configuration for the VirtualBox VMs we’ll be creating in the next step.

In my case, there is a Word file named Setting up the Host Machine for the SharePoint 2010 Virtual Machines.docx and here is some of the configuration info:

Virtual Machine Software and Pre-Configuration

Virtual machine “a” contains the following pre-configured software:

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services
  • Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2
  • Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Edition
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Office Web Applications
  • FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
  • Microsoft Project Server 2010
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2  

Network Configuration

Uses the Hyper-V Internal network that limits the connectivity to only VMs and the host.
Actual Network Adapter connected is “VM Bus Network Adapter”

  • IP address:
  • Subnet mask:
  • Default gateway: (leave blank)
  • Preferred DNS server:

This should give us enough information to create the VirtualBox virtual machine

Continue to Part 2…



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