Complex Linux solutions are commonly packaged as virtual appliances.
I'm interested in the Windows side of this, but haven't been able to find much relevant information on the web.
We are building a complex, Windows-based software product that customers will deploy on-site (cloud is not an option), and want to make deployment as easy as possible for customers - a virtual appliance seems to fit the bill.
But I don't know if Microsoft permit this sort of thing, or how it works in terms of licensing.
Ideally we would want to do this for both the evaluation and production versions of our product - but even if we could just use a virtual appliance to allow customers to evaluate the product before purchasing, that would be something.