Even though I'm using Visual Studio .NET all day and night, I just had to check this out. Using a link that goes into terminal services, you basically log into a Windows 2003 Server machine - completely usable. It is a little uncomfortable because of the slight delays. It's not a very ideal way of "testing out Visual Studio .NET", but it is a good way to play around with Windows 2003 Server without installing it. Link to sign up: http://msdn.protier.com/admin/skins/vsdemo/vssignup.aspx?source=vsnet_04 Sign up with a valid email address, and you will got your own session of Windows 2003. You'll have to type in the password you get in the email. That's all.