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    Old Server - to pratice & learn from....

    Hi all,

    Want to buy an old server, to improve my knowledge on windows server2003, so I can bascially mess around with it, break it & fix it.

    Would this old dell server be a good start........seems pritty cheap, no bids with 5hrs to go.......
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/DELL-POWEREDGE...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Thats fine. But I can think of a cheaper option. What about putting some machine virtualisation software like VMWare on your desktop PC and just running a test environment in a VM. I think it would be more flexible in the long run than an old machine sat in the corner.

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    or look at your local freecycle group?

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    i just dragged an old computer out of the cupboard. it only has 512 ram but suffices!

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    I just build my test server from spare part... well that is before i started using vmware.

    Bet that Poweredge is right chunky

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    hmmmm also 640MB ram? I thought the old poweredges insisted on having RAM put in in pairs, might be worth asking that sticks are in it

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    640mb = 2x 256mb + 2x 64mb

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    yes...but it could easily not be.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by apeo View Post
    Bet that Poweredge is right chunky
    Oi! Cheeky! I've got one of those.

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    I had a 1U poweredge until recently. Dual 1GHz processors and a Gig of ram. I added an extra HDD to the two that were there and stuck it in RAID-5. I sold it recently to a mate for 120. Not bad really. It served me well but since then I've had higher spec machines on the job

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    Virtualisation sounds good. I was thinking about buying a 200 HP ML110 G5 but the extra investment in the main PC sounds attractive.

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    I won that server off Ebay.. payed 31 pound in the end..!

    wern't bad gonna upgrade it though when i get it hehe..

    Regards
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    If you want a lighter virtualiser that VMWare, try the freeware VirtualBox..

    I run my VMs in that..it's less demanding than VMWare.

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    Hiya.

    @ Sirbendy. I agree there i have used Virtual Box in the past very good. but i also use Microsoft Vistual Machine

    Regards
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    If you want a lighter virtualiser that VMWare, try the freeware VirtualBox..

    I run my VMs in that..it's less demanding than VMWare.
    Do you have any stats to back this up please?

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