I created a virtual machine for CRM 2011 with the idea of making it self sufficient so I could put it onto a laptop and take it offline and use it to demo to customers.
I added the sql server and IIS server for the CRM web application but I was still using the company active directory. I was discussing this with a friend and he was saying that it wasn’t going to work because as soon as I took this offline on the laptop, it would try and check the active directory, which it won’t be able to find and then I will have problems.
I have been mulling this over and basically thinking I would use the CRM 2011 virtual machine created by Microsoft and then today I read this great article with instructions to build a Microsoft CRM 2011 Virtual VM, it is a small succinct instructions
Install the Platform: