This is not going to be a depth post... but just a post to say how to get yourself rapidly into a good place with SCCM R2. I have been asked a number of times how to gain access to or even build an SCCM R2 environment. As much fun as it is..... and it is fun! It does take a considerable amount of time!
I was chatting to Marco Cibis (PFE Germany) when we were on a training course together in Prague.... Marco is one of our SCCM guru/jedi knights .....
Anyway he sent me a great link for downloading a pre-configured VHD for SCCM
So that was stage one!!! donwload SCCM RTM for an eval..... saved me 10 hours
Next stage is getting SP1 installed and than R2. Now these bits are up on Connect
If you download them than that's really stage two done!!!
Install SP1 you may need to gather 3 updates which the pre-req tool will guide you too and than install R2!
Once your there.... the fun really starts to happen!! Now at first look you may say "hey whats so different" but than the magic really starts! Notice under the software distribution container the new container for Virtual Applications
Also notice some of the cool new reports that you can run on your clients
You also will have options for Streaming or downloading the package directly using bits to the clients. The streaming piece does require the Streaming Server from 4.5 for the streaming today.....
I think that SCCM R2 with the Application Virtualization integration is going to Rock!! Its truly is a really slick product and I cant wait for the next code drop to be made available on connect!
I may have simplified the process a little on getting the infrastructure there but seriously there is not much else to it. Some pre-reqs you may need is an Internet connection, virtual pc, virtual server or hyper-v......
I will start to dig more under the covers and give some step-by-steps to get us really loving this product!