Microsoft making it easier for customers to test Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM Standard Full (x64) Evaluation VHD on Microsoft Download Center.
"Download and evaluate Windows Server 2008 R2. You will have the opportunity to try new and improved features and functionality of Windows Server 2008 R2 free for 180 days," Microsoft said.
"Please note that this product is available for evaluation purposes only and should not be used in a production environment."
"By default, this VM comes configured without a virtual NIC assigned. If you do not have a virtual NIC already defined in Hyper-V Manager, you will need to configure one. This is required in order to activate your 180 day trial period. You will have 10 days to activate," the Redmond software company added.
"Also, if you want to add more memory beyond the defaulted 2GB, do so before you launch the VM (Note: You can add a virtual NIC while the VM is running, but you cannot alter the memory)."