So I have acquired both Windows Server 2012 trial version and VMWare player. Time to install. When I setup the virtual machine I noticed VMWare player tried to be clever if I choose the ISO as CD driver directly, safest is to add it later when you are about to boot the virtual machine.
I choose to install the standard edition of Windows Server 2012, with GUI.
I then choose to do a custom install, using the drive as it was created by default by VMWare player, 60GB. It should be enough. That was all I needed to do to get installing, besides to agree to the license.
I choose the password to be Tridion2011, seemed to fit the purpose well and it will be the same for all accounts I create.
After installing it is time to update the OS and installing the VMWare tools, which fails. I guess I will have to do without them now as I do not seem to find a quick fix.
It sure is a hazzle to be able to download SQL Server 2012 Express Edition, with tools, in Windows Server 2012. But I managed to get it going and it is where I will end this session, which turned out more as a historic log of events, live while doing it. My intention is that with these notes I will be able to do it all over again, quickly, when the license for windows expires.