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70-290 Lab setup query

Discussion in 'Windows Server 2003 / 2008 / 2012 Exams' started by UKDarkstar, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    Hi guys

    Was chatting with someone about to start 70-290 the other day and the topic of home lab setup came up.

    Just seeking your opinions :

    1) Min equipment for lab setup

    2) Ideal (or best) setup

    Thoughts and comments appreciated
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    Last time I taught the 70-290 course, I virtualised it. As there were 12 people on the course I had to created 13 virtual machines (1 for myself and 1 for each student), as I recall the students had to work in pairs as well as access my machine. So as far as I can remember the minimum is 3 servers (physical or virtual, I prefer virtual for studying - different at work due to access to full real servers :biggrin ). Of course you'll need a switch if not using the internal virtual network and maybe internet access.

    Hope that's a start to help you :)

    -ken
     
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  3. craigie

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    I used a virtual lab, as per the link in my signature.

    It stood me well, think I scored over 900 on the exam :D
     
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  4. UKDarkstar
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    Thanks guys.

    I was thinking more about how many servers/desktops as a minimum and then as an ideal
     
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  5. Sparky
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    I had one server and one desktop. Don't think there was any real need for anything else if I remember correctly.
     
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  6. dalsoth

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    In the MS Press book you could do almost everything with just a server. It assumes you have very little to work with. I would recommend a single server and a single desktop. There was only one part where i was supposed to use a second server and i used another machine here to do it with. It was for a terminal services server set up and to be honest it was probably a bit overkill to set up another server just for that.

    I would download that Testout trial and watch the videos and do the tests on it for 7 days as it will be free, then i would suggest working through the MS Press book at your own pace. The Testout stuff will just bolster what you are learning and is doable in a week if you put in the hours.:D
     
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  7. UKDarkstar
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    Thanks, I've already passed on the testout link to the chap who was asking :biggrin
     
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  8. steve_f

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    I used Vmware server.

    1 Domain Controller (Server 2003) set up using the labs in the 290 and 291 MS books
    1 member server (Server 2003 R2 edition) for messing around with security profiles, WSUS, RRAS etc.

    1 XP client
     
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