June 28 2010 Update: The RC bits expire June 30, 2010, making the original post below obsolete. I have posted a new virtual machine and hands-on-labs based on RTM bits. To download the latest virtual machine please click here.
Back in December we posted a set of virtual machines pre-configured with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 Beta 2, and 7 hands-on-labs. I am pleased to announce that today we are shipping an updated set of virtual machines using the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate bits, a brand new sample application, and 9 hands-on-labs.
This VM includes everything you need to learn and/or deliver demonstrations of many of my favorite application lifecycle management (ALM) capabilities in Visual Studio 2010. This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows  Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance benefits and snapshotting capabilities.
Tailspin Toys The sample application we are using in this virtual machine is a simple ASP.NET MVC 2 storefront called Tailspin Toys. Tailspin Toys sells model airplanes and relies on the application lifecycle management capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 to help them build, test, and maintain their storefront.
Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts The 9 hands-on-labs / demo scripts which accompany this virtual machine cover several of the core capabilities of conducting application lifecycle management with Visual Studio 2010. Each document can be used by an individual in a hands-on-lab capacity, to learn how to perform a given set of tasks, or used by a presenter to deliver a demonstration or classroom-style training.
Software Configuration Management:
Note that this VM does not include Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 capabilities, but you can download a separate VHD to work with that capability.
These labs can be downloaded here. They will also be making their way into the March refresh of the Visual Studio 2010 Training Kit.
How to use this virtual machine: For your convenience, the same virtual machine has been ported to three different virtualization platforms. For instructions on how to use this virtual machine, please download “Working with the Visual Studio 2010 Virtual Machine.docx.” This guidance will help you get started with the virtual machine using the virtualization technology of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007, or Windows  Virtual PC). It also includes the username and password for this virtual machine.
This image will effectively stop working on June 30, 2010 when the Visual Studio 2010 RC stops working. We will provide an RTM-based set of virtual machines and labs before then. You will also receive Windows activation messages while using this VM – this is because of the way Windows Server 2008 trial behaves and is to be expected, so you can ignore / cancel these activation dialogs when prompted. If you want to get rid of these activation warnings you can activate the image using your own product key (e.g. from your MSDN Subscription). You may want to do the same for the copy of Office which is installed, since it will be limited to 25 launches.
Downloading the virtual machine: I suggest using a download manager for these files since they are very large. My download manager of choice is Free Download Manager. You can use your own favorite download manager, but you may need to adapt the instructions below as appropriate.
The download details pages contain more information on each of these releases.
Download details pages:
Visual Studio 2010 RC (Hyper-V)
Visual Studio 2010 RC (Windows  Virtual PC)
Visual Studio 2010 RC (Virtual PC 2007 SP1)
You can also download and install all of the Release Candidate software for yourself by downloading the installers from here.
Happy downloading! Please send feedback / questions to VSKitFdbk@Microsoft.com.
Isn't it a bit odd that you guys a releasing a set of VM's running Visual Studio RC merely a week before Visual Studio 2010 is supposed to RTM?
Not really. It takes a long time to build this content and I've been working on it ever since the RC bits were available. The RC is still very valuable to look at, it is by and large functionally equivelent to what's in the RTM.
Also the RTM bits don't come out until April 12, so we're more than a week away. :-)
Hi Brian, I attended your seminar in The Hague. Found it very interresting. I was wondering which Team Foundation template you were using in your demo. I saw you using backlog, so my best gues is some Scrum template.
Thanks for your sessions at the devdays in The Hague. I understand there are some video's/tutorials for Testing Center etc. Where can i find these?
Brian does plan on updating these images but due to the (huge) amount of time it takes to put an image like this together + the fact Mr Keller left the same day as we finished the final build he just didn't have enough time.
While i was not in Hague with you I am pretty certain Brian was and will be doing all his demos with the new Visual Studio 2010 Agile Process Template. - Which includes things like backlog reports.
The tutorials Brian is referring to are built into the virtual machine referenced in this post...I believe he has also uploaded them seperately here:
I have the Windows 7 Professional 32bit OS installed on my PC. Is it possible to boot from any of these .vhd files?
No, "boot-from-VHD" is a completely different approach than virtualizing the entire O/S.
Great sessions, mate. I will check out the images when my download limit resets (Yes, back here in Belgium we still have a download limit per month ^^)
Hi first let me say thanks for this setup. unfortunately it doesn't work. it seems to reference win-gs9gmujits8 everywhere where this machine is actually called vs2010 therefore nothing works. I've managed to get tfs to kinda see the collections it contains but sharepoint is dead in the water. is there a more up to date image that actually works on installation ?
If you download a VM which has a hostname of vs2010 then you downloaded the wrong one. That sounds like you downloaded the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 VM which is no longer functional and I'll be removing the links for any day now.
Is it possible to get the Hands on labs and sample code outside of the VM?
All of the hands-on-labs are available outside of the VM, see the links above. I have no plans to make the underlying data available outside of a VHD; that's the whole reason I assembled the VHD. It's not practical to build an installer for the sample data required to support the labs.
Not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but if not, please direct me to the proper place.
I am trying to use the Hyper-V VM and for SQL Server 2008, I get a message that the evaluation period has expired. Thus, it it not letting me connect to the TFS server. Any advice would be appreciated.