You mention using the MOSS2007 VHD as a dev environment, but it's a 30-day trial. Is that just an example for the screencast or is there a way to extend that?

I'm currently running Windows Server 2003 on my laptop for SharePoint dev, but eventually would like to move to running XP or Vista with a VPC for dev. It'd be much easier to use a prebuilt VPC than spinning one up myself.