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    Vista and Server 2003

    Hi,

    I would like to install a copy of Server 2003 on my home computer which is currently running vista. I want to do this because i am about to start taking some networking exams and i want something that i can 'play' around with without there being any consequences.

    What would be the best way of doing this?? I have an external hard drive that i could install it to, but im not sure if that would work. Can i install it to a local drive and switch between the two OS'?

    Any Ideas??

    Thanks

    James

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    Virtualise it, you can setup a mini network using virtualisation software all on one PC providing you have enough RAM and disk space.

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    Ok, thanks. How would i do that, can you recommend any software??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Admiral208 View Post
    Ok, thanks. How would i do that, can you recommend any software??
    Virtual PC
    Virtualbox

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    Virtualbox is probably the easiest to use

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    just had a quick look at both of those programs, they look really good. Does anyone know if i virtualise Server 2003 and a virtualise a copy of XP Pro, can i create a virtual network??? so i can effectively test whatever i do on the server.

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    I have not used virtual box but you could do this under virtual pc by adding a loopback adapter driver to your Vista installation and pointing both VMs at it.

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    ok. How would i do that, is it an easy process?

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    i had a play with virtual server 2005 from microsoft and that had a nifty web interface where you could create virtual networks and such

    never did get around to doing much w ith it but it was quite a fun tool.

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    The problem with Virtual PC the Linux support is naff, for vitalizing on my desktop i use VMware Fusion and at work all our servers are virtualized using VMware ESX.

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    I can also definetly reccomend VMWare Server - I have it installed on my laptop with a Windows Server 2003 VM, running AD, to write some software for work

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