In this video, David Yack walks through the process of setting up a all-in-one CRM 2011 Virtual Machine from the ground up. Of course CRMOnline is a great way to build your demos and prototypes however there are scenarios where you’ll need a virtual machine. This is especially true for pro developers who’d find a VM very useful for developing, debugging & testing their code.
Since C9 now uses Smooth Streaming for the default player, it is recommended to watch this video in full screen on a broadband internet connection with good bandwidth. If you’re having trouble viewing this in the embedded player, please download & play the high quality WMV. For web purists (no offense), C9 now offers the video in a HTML5 player (video tag) if you choose so in your C9 user profile!
I shared the video with someone smart who also had the patience to write down the steps in a detailed fashion. I’ve posted the notes here as-is with minimal edits and I hope you will find it useful.
BTW, below are the links to software downloads referred in the video
Windows Server 2008 R2 http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/trial-software.aspx
SQL Server 2008 R2 http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/try-it.aspx
Office 2010 Trial http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/try/
SharePoint 2010 Foundation http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49c79a8a-4612-4e7d-a0b4-3bb429b46595&displaylang=en
CRM 2011 Download http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27822
Visual Studio 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/download
P.S: I know this video was recorded several months ago while Beta build was around but it is still very relevant for everyone. I apologize for not posting this earlier.