MSDN Subscriptions - Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 VPC

Scott told us it was coming, and here it is - a VS 2005 Virtual PC image with Team System installed. It's on MSDN Subscriber Downloads (at subscription levels that will get VSTS when released, I think) under:
 - Developer Tools
   - Visual Studio 2005
     - Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2
       - English
         - Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 VPC (English)
"Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 VPC (English) "

This just popped up in the MSDN Subscription
RSS feed .

At 2.6GB (compressed) it contains:
"Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (expires September 16, 2006)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Beta 2 (expires May 1, 2006)
Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Beta 2
Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Redistributable Package Beta 2
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Community Technology Preview
Microsoft Office 2003 Standard Edition
Microsoft Live Communication Server 2003"

This SO rocks. I dig it when MS releases stuff as VPC images. It saves SO much time...

Downloading now.

Update #1, 7/20/2005 @ 5:01PM PDT:
Downloaded, unrar'ed (8.6GB uncompressed), VPC Differencing Disk created and now it's running.

Much faster than if I did all the installs myself.

The only issue I've run into so far is the Live Communications Service would not start. The Service's logon account being used, LCService, password had expired. All I had to do was that account's password to never expire and then the service started with no problems.

Even with only giving the VPC 512MB RAM it seems to be running pretty fast...

This really does rock. Good job Microsoft.

Source: MSDN Subscriptions - Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 VPC


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  • weeeee! Been waiting for this one. Thanks for the tip :-)

  • Thanks much for pointing this out - I think I'll give it a spin...

  • when a companionship diesgn software they do it in stages for example when diesgning a new version of windows before it is released it will have tester builds which are called beta so developers can help that companionship to find bugs in the software before it is released so its the same with messenger there was beta builds of the software before it was released to find bugs and this was a beta version of windows live messenger before it was released a while ago =]

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