You may have already seen this but in case you missed it and are looking to give System Center Virtual Machine Manager a test drive then this is the place to start. You can access the main page at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scvmm/default.aspx but some of the meat of the page is below:
Get up to speed fast with the trial software and VHD
The trial software and a trial virtual hard disk (VHD) are now available for free download.
- Download the 120-day trial software
System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2007 provides a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center that enables increased physical server utilization and centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure. Try it out for yourself. Download it today.
- Download the VHD
The preconfigured files come with all the necessary components to get VMM up and running quickly as a virtual machine. Once the VHD is downloaded and joined to a domain, it's possible to immediately begin testing all the functions of VMM including the Self Service Administration Portal and Intelligent Placement capabilities.
Note: This download has five parts that combine to create a self-extracting RAR file. The five parts total approximately 3GB. You must download all five parts to be able to extract the VHD file. After all the downloads are complete, run scvmm_rtm.part01.exe to extract the file.
Get an overview of Virtual Machine Manager features and functionality. Here are a few sections you may want to read:
The videos are brief walkthroughs of specific features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Product experts from the VMM team demonstrate basic tasks within the product.