This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0/3.0, SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.
With data center consolidation, green data centers and resource efficiency being the trend. Where does SharePoint fit in the virtualization revolution? The answer is right in the middle. Virtualized SharePoint is a great way of creating a test environment for testing Service Packs, updates, new custom code and solutions. SharePoint is also supported when running in a virtualized environment. Check the Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program website for a list of supported vitalization platforms.
Check the Hyper-V Server 2008 site for the free version of Hyper-V Server; which is a great platform for running SharePoint.