We have now released downloadable environment to get up to speed with SharePoint 2010. You can download the VM from the following address.
Following chapters are directly from the download page, but edited for more readable format.
[IMPORTANT] – You’ll need to import the VM to Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, so that the network adapter settings will remain the same, otherwise you’ll run into issues concerning activation of OS and Office Client.
You can also download additional training material from the following links for SharePoint 2010 and for Office 2010. These include presentations and hands on lab material for developers.
This download contains a two Virtual Machine set for evaluating and demonstrating Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Virtual machine “a” contains the following pre-configured software:
Virtual machine “b” contains the following pre-configured software:
All of these user profiles have been imported and indexed for search within SharePoint Server 2010, with “contoso\administrator” granted administrator permissions.
SharePoint Server 2010 has been configured in a “Complete” farm using Kerberos authentication and the default SQL Server 2008 instance for data, and has a site collection created using the Team Site template at http://intranet.contoso.com/ and a FAST Search Center at http://intranet.contoso.com/search/.
In order to run this demo you will need the following: - Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role enabled. - Drive Formatting: NTFS - Processor: Intel VT or AMD-V capable - RAM: 8 GB or more recommended - Hard disk space required for install: 50 GB