Ok, well I've been consumed recently with getting an installation of VS2005 Team System working without having to go out and buy a couple of extra servers. And I got it working!
It wasn't exactly falling-off-a-log-easy so I thought I'd share my methods, mwah-ha-ha!
I've got a system with plenty of memory (2Gb) and so I created 3 virtual PC environments, 2 Win2K3 and 1 WinXP-SP2. Let's call them VSTF-DB (128Mb) , VSTF-App (128Mb) and VSTF-Client (512Mb) respectively.
I set them up on a private "internal" network and used a "virtual CD" tool to mount the Beta1-CTP "Refresh" DVD image on my "host" machine. This is because VPC can't handle virtual CD's bigger than 2.2gb (for some reason I don't get ... but that IS rather larger than a CD but smaller than most DVDs).
Then I did the following:
And now.... drumroll please.... I was able to create my first Project workspace!!!
And then I backed up all the VPCs !!!!!
NB: I was also then able to use this trio of images to work with Virtual Server 2005!
Enjoy... your mileage may vary, please let me know if you succeed and/or fail so I can update these instructions if necessary.