Learning environment on the cheap... RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm currently not employed and am starting on CRM 2015 cert and need a lab environment.  I don't have much $$ to spend.  Any ideas on creating a lab environment cheaply?


    Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:28 PM

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  • Hello,

    Personally you don't need a ton here. Whenever I configure CRM I put everything on a single box and work from there. Do you have a machine powerful enough to run SQL and CRM etc together?

    I wouldn't worry about speed so much as having just enough memory and patience if your hardware is slow.

    You can then limit your SQL to 4 gigs and then allow your IIS + OS to use the rest. I've run entire instances etc (on the fly) on a cheap laptop from BestBuy and installed everything there.

    Another option would be to use a VM in Azure, but for the roughly 300 bucks a month lol (depending on if you ran it 24x7) you could buy that laptop with 8 gigs at Best Buy... or get some 12-16 gig machine from best buy.

    That's my suggestion.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015 9:03 PM