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290 & 291 setup advice

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by J1mmyc, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. J1mmyc

    J1mmyc Bit Poster

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    Hi all im currently studying the 70-621 at the moment then im going to move onto the 290 and the 291 to complete the MCSA requirements but i want to setup a lab will i be ok buying two laptops for the XP client computers and then buying a desktop pc for server1 then use my current high powered gaming pc i have at the moment and put virtual pc 2007 and install server 2003 and use that as server 2?

    Also what kind of requirements are needed for a desktop pc to run server 2003
     
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  2. J1mmyc

    J1mmyc Bit Poster

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    bump anyone?
     
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  3. Toasty

    Toasty Byte Poster

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    Hi

    Depending on the spec of your pc, why not do it all virtually, install virtual pc 2007/ VMware and then install the 2 2003 servers and a client O/S XP or 7.

    I have 2 2008 servers with exchange 2010 on 1 and Windows 7 all running virtually for a test lab. Lots of memory is the key.

    Regards
     
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I would agree with Toasty... I have one server (ML115G5) which runs my two dc/dns servers, file server, exchange, 2 x xp clients, and an SCCM server with no issues. Just make sure to get enough ram, I am currently using 8GB and that's barely enough!
     
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  5. jiggy

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    lots of memory AND fast disk, esp if you want to actually do anything inside multiple vm's at the same time. Look at virtualbox for a good free vm environment.
     
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  6. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    The 290 doesn't really need too much of an elaborate setup (1 server and a client OS would be fine really). The 291 will need a more complex lab though.

    Have a look around the sub forum dedicated to the exam on here. There is lots of advice and pre-existing study and lab guides in there.

    http://www.certforums.co.uk/forums/forum33.html
     
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