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I would like to test Windows server (any version) , how do I install Windows virtually on my Windows XP machine? I donot have a CD of Windows Server, is it available freely? Please guide me .

Thanks in advance.

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You can download Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007 for the hypervisor.

As for the CD's you can download 180 day trials of most Microsoft software.
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008

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I concur with @Blake about Virtual PC, but rather than download ISO images and install the OS from scratch, why not download a pre-installed test VHD file? Good for 180 days as well. Here you'll find all available VHD images from Microsoft.

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Most of Microsoft's prebuilt vhd's are only compatible with Hyper-v which is alot harder to come by than virtual pc. – BLAKE Nov 15 '09 at 2:20
Not necessarily. I've been using their VHDs with Virtual Server 7 for over 2 years now. Also, Hyper-V is a free product as well now (although MS thought about charging for it at first, they soon realized the technology is out there for free already). – Traveling Tech Guy Nov 15 '09 at 18:53

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