SharePoint 2010 Demo Virtual Machine

Further to the SDPS virtual machine, there is also an “Information Worker Demonstration Virtual Machine” available from Microsoft :  2010 Information Worker Demonstration Virtual Machine (Beta)

This download contains a two Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.

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

1. Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard Edition x64, running as an Active Directory Domain Controller for the “CONTOSO.COM” domain with DNS and WINS

2. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP2 Enterprise Edition with Analysis, Notification, and Reporting Services

3. Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2

4. Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Ultimate Edition

5. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition Beta 2

6. Microsoft Office Web Applications Beta 2

7. FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 Beta 2

8. Microsoft Project Server 2010 Beta 2

9. Microsoft Office 2010 Beta 2

10. Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2


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

1. Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Evaluation Edition x64, joined to the “CONTOSO.COM” domain

2. Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Active directory has been preconfigured over 200 “demo” users with metadata in an organizational structure.

All of these user profiles have been imported and indexed for search within SharePoint Server 2010, with “contosoadministrator” granted administrator permissions.

SharePoint Server 2010 has been configured in a “Complete” farm using Kerberos authentication and the default SQL Server 2008 instance for data, and has a site collection created using the Team Site template at and a FAST Search Center at

Performance Considerations

1. If possible, unpack and run the VM image on a separate, fast hard drive (7200 RPM or better) from the operating system of the host machine. If this is being done on a laptop, a second internal drive or external eSATA drive works best, though USB 2.0 (make sure it’s 2.0, 1.1 is too slow) or Firewire is acceptable.

For absolute best performance use a second internal SSD drive.

In order to run this demo you will need the following:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role enabled.
  • Drive Formatting: NTFS
  • Processor: Intel VT or AMD-V capable
  • RAM: 8 GB or more recommended
  • Hard disk space required for install: 50 GB

From initial thoughts, I think this is the SAME as the Virtual Machine that has been made available from within the SDPS Partner site.  Make sure you read the instructions here – before you begin.

2 thoughts on “SharePoint 2010 Demo Virtual Machine

  1. tiger wang January 28, 2010 / 1:27 pm

    what is the administrator password?


  2. Chris January 30, 2010 / 4:50 am

    The usual password for Microsoft VM’s is… pass@word1


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