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VM Images - Where can I find a win 2003 Server Image (VMDK) to download?

Good morning,

I am trying to find a Win 2003 Server Image (VMDK) that I can open with VMWare Player for evaluation purposes.  I have to move several Win 2003 Servers to new HW and need to refresh myself on the administrative side of things in Win 2003.  

Thanks for your advice.
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1099Guy
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coolsport00Commented:
You can't "evaluate" Win2K3...you need to have a license for it to run it virtually, just like any Windows OS. It doesn't matter that it's virtual or physical. Good ole Microsoft! :P

Now...I did find a couple things you maybe can use. MS provides a VHD download to be used with MS Virt Server/Virt PC (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=77f24c9d-b4b8-4f73-99e3-c66f80e415b6&displaylang=en). You can maybe convert this VHD file to VMDK format using vSphere Converter (https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=converter&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS371US371&q=Converter%20Standalone%20download) then use it within VMware Player. I'm not entirely sure if this is "legal" or not, so I would contact MS to be sure.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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1099GuyAuthor Commented:
Any other thoughts on this one?  I really don't want to convert microsoft's image.  And the question was not around using Microsoft's virtualization solution.
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coolsport00Commented:
Hi "1099Guy", have you looked into downloading a virtual appliance from VMware? See here:
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/649

Regards,
~coolsport00
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1099GuyAuthor Commented:
Yes.  That points to the Microsoft images referenced above.  I haven't found a VMWare appliance (vmdk) that I can purchase for evaluation.
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coolsport00Commented:
And I don't think you will; but, what you can do is get this VHD file, then use Converter Standalone (https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=converter&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS338US338&q=vCenter%20Converter) to 'convert' it to VMDK. That's the only way I know of to get what you're wanting.

~coolsport00
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