Virtual Machines

So i’m trying to get back into development of Microsoft solutions and sharpen my skills a bit.  Per my earlier post I’m looking to get back into Visual Studio Development.  I’ve got VMWare Fusion installed on my iMac and I’ve got a volume license MSDN subscription.  I don’t really want to spend the time to build my virtual machine.  I’m trying to figure out if I can purchase a pre-built virtual machine with Windows 7, Visual Studio and I provide my license codes for the software (so I use my license for Windows 7 and Visual Studio for instance).  This would be a great bootstrap for me and save me lots of time installing the software.  Anyone have any ideas of where I could download pre-configured virtual machines?

Thanks for any advice!


Getting back into coding….

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So I’ve been reading a lot on happiness lately and I seem to see signs everywhere pointing me towards doing something more motivating, more enjoyable, something that makes the day go by a lot faster.  One of the things I used to do all the time and thought I was really good at was problem solving using MIcrosoft SQL – writing code.  The days would fly by and I was super energized.  I don’t feel that way anymore and it’s sad.  I want to get back into it.  Life is too short to be spending time doing something you don’t enjoy.

So, too my point.  I’m thinking about spinning up on Microsoft SQL Azure.  Re-learning my old skill with a new twist (Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing offering).  So over the next few week’s I’ll be putting together a plan to sharpen my skills a bit and get back in the technical groove as time permits.  At least that’s the plan for now.  🙂