Critical Path Training has created a complete setup guide that helps us get our own environment setup. It includes the following:
• Setting up a Windows Server 2008 R2 OS*
• Setting up Active Directory & DNS
• Setting up SQL Server 2008*
• Setting up & configuring SharePoint Server 2010 Beta 2
Their guide walks us though each step in a ton of detail complete with screenshots along the way. Like I said, there’s tons of detail… over 40pgs worth of helpful instructions! You don’t even need licenses for things like Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server… They show us where to get the trial / evaluation editions of these products.
This guide is provided for free from the members only section of our site. Login (or first create your free account) at http://www.CriticalPathTraining.com & click on the Members link in the primary navigation (it isn’t there when you aren’t logged in). From there you can access all our members-only content including this document (located under the articles section titled SharePoint Server Beta 2 Virtual Machine Setup Guide).
You can download it from here