Setting Up Server 2008 in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
If you are able to setup Windows Server 2008 in Virtual PC 2007, however, this should be a reasonably straightforward task. You will of course need to have Virtual PC installed on your system (you can download this from www.microsoft.com/download, where it is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions). You should also have a copy of Windows Server 2008 to install from; this will need to be either the full version or the evaluation version, also available from Microsoft.
Remember before proceeding that your physical computer will need to meet the minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2008, which is a 1.4 GHz x64 CPU, 512 MB of RAM and 32 GB of hard disk space.
Creating a virtual machine in Virtual PC 2007 is quite simple: go to File > New > Create a Virtual Machine, and assign a name and location on your hard disk drive for it to be saved. Click Next and select Server 2008 from the options, and then proceed through the following screens checking that the wizard is assigning suitable resources to the virtual machine.
Click Finish when done, and then insert your Server 2008 disk into your computer’s DVD drive (or if you’re using an ISO, select CD > Capture ISO Image) and start the virtual machine. The disc should be detected and you will then begin the process of installing the guest operating system.