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What is the basic computer hardware setup to practice AD,Exchange,SQL,OS deployment etc..? RRS feed

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  • I am planning to take the ms certification for MCITP, then MCSA and then MCSE. I need information on the basic computer hardware setup to run a network with AD,Exchange etc.. accessories to make life easier practicing deployment and configuration. Would this setup work?

    1. (1)Server
    2. (1)Client
    3. (1)Router/Switch 4.
    (1)2 port kvm switch
    I would greatly appreciate your suggestions guys. Thanks in advance!
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 1:42 AM

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  • Yes but you could probably do it all using Virtulisation 

    Windows Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx

    Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=04d26402-3199-48a3-afa2-2dc0b40a73b6


    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt) MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Please mark solved if I've answered your question, vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    • Marked as answer by jeromegee Friday, June 3, 2011 3:33 AM
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:49 AM
  • One limitation of your proposed setup is that you can't experiment with more than one server. For instance, you can't practice replication between domain controllers. This is one of the reasons why you typically use virtualization por training purposes, as Jeff Wharton suggested. You would use a single physical computer, fitted with lots of RAM, and then you would install some kind of virtualization technology, such as Virtual PC or Virtual Server, or even Hyper-V. This lets you run several virtual computers at the same time, and create virtual networks to link them, which lets you experiment with multiple configurations of several clients and servers.
    • Marked as answer by jeromegee Friday, June 3, 2011 3:32 AM
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:14 AM

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  • Yes but you could probably do it all using Virtulisation 

    Windows Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx

    Virtual PC http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=04d26402-3199-48a3-afa2-2dc0b40a73b6


    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt) MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Please mark solved if I've answered your question, vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    • Marked as answer by jeromegee Friday, June 3, 2011 3:33 AM
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:49 AM
  • One limitation of your proposed setup is that you can't experiment with more than one server. For instance, you can't practice replication between domain controllers. This is one of the reasons why you typically use virtualization por training purposes, as Jeff Wharton suggested. You would use a single physical computer, fitted with lots of RAM, and then you would install some kind of virtualization technology, such as Virtual PC or Virtual Server, or even Hyper-V. This lets you run several virtual computers at the same time, and create virtual networks to link them, which lets you experiment with multiple configurations of several clients and servers.
    • Marked as answer by jeromegee Friday, June 3, 2011 3:32 AM
    Thursday, June 2, 2011 6:14 AM