OK, so as many of you have noticed, Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 is big (about 3GB for the ISO image).  So this is the perfect sort of release to try out the new Microsoft Secure Content Downloader which is a technical preview from the folks at Microsoft research.  The tool leverages the fact that there are 100s of other folks downloading the same file to speed things up considerably. 

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(Notice, I am testing this out over a wireless modem, I'd suggest finding a a faster connection ;-)). 

Once it downloads the ISO image, you can burn it to a DVD or use something like ISOBuster.

Download it here

Read more about the technology here

I'd love to hear how it goes for you...  how long did it take you to download VS 2008 Beta2?  In fact, the more of us that try it, the faster it will go right?  ;-)

 

Update: A reader writes in to suggest a couple of free ISO image tools.

dvdburn.exe is part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

BurnCDCC is a 3rd party free tool.

Enjoy!