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Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by greenbrucelee, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    Where did you get your copies of the OSs you run on your virual machines?
     
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    If they're Linux, practically anywhere. If they're Windows, I have to buy them or use trial software. For servers I use trial software which lasts for 120 days which is usually long enough for my purposes. At work, when I need to install a VM on my desktop which runs Virtual PC, one of the engineers gets me a cloned VM. The company has already paid the license fees for the number of full version server machines we need to run.
     
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    Action Pack, or purchased.

    I'll likely go with TechNet Plus Direct instead of the Action Pack this year.
     
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    I have a proper lab at the moment but just two PCs but I would like to get a proper setup with virual machines for when I go for other certs. I don't have bags of cash to buy full on copies of OSs so I am trying to figure out a way thats cheap and not dodgy.

    I know that MCDST book comes with a trial version of (I believe xp pro) but I would like win2k3 or maybe win 2000 too. Any ideas?
     
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    All licensened through our Software Assurance scheme at work. Which also covers us for home use as well.
     
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    Do a Google search for trial versions of the operating systems you want to use. I don't recall Microsoft ever releasing trial versions of their desktop software but trial server software should be easy to come by. I'd imagine that Windows 2000 Pro would be going cheap on eBay just now.
     
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    Yeah good point BM, you get free trials of most software with the MS Press books. They aren't always the best books, but it's a good feature ...
     
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    All the operating systems i use i have either bought non OEM in the past or they are from the Action Pack. I am using Vista Ultimate for my main PC and that was bought as it doesnt come with the Action Pack.
     
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    Well, you used to... until Vista. The cover of the book (at least, originally - not sure if they changed it) states that an eval copy of Vista is included on the media in the book. But... it doesn't.
     
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    Cheers people, I suppose it won't do any harm in me buying those books I'll be getting MCDST one shortly anyway so I'll get the MCSA training kit too although I wont be actively studying 120 days is a while to get to grips with things.

    Reppage to BM I never thought of getting those yet.
     
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    Action Pack subscription.
     
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    you can also download 120 day trials, its not a huge effort for most modern broadband connections, just cut the ISO to cd/dvd

    I have an MSDN Universal sub (quite pricey) but it gives me access to ALL MS technology pretty much, which is good or me
    my ESX copies i got via a VMTN Subscription which no longer seems to exist, so I rely on my partner NFR copies now, although they are work specific as I personally am not a partner, so I lose access to them when changing jobs
     
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    Technet Plus Direct
     
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    cool cheers, I need to some DVDs then :)

    I just looked at Technet plus direct, seems good but I could only finder server OSs on there or did I miss something or am I not understanding rightly? If I set up say Server 2003 as the host, then I wont be able to put 2005 on there only OSs like windows 2000 and xp, vista
     
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    O good ICO for VM thread :biggrin

    I have been looking for Citrix evaluation copies. On the Citrix to get a copy have to be a reseller.
    Anyone know were I could get a copy only for VM.

    Thanks
     
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    Action Pack and Technet subscription.

    Also use the trials with the MS Press books, Server 2003 Enterprise edition was included. 8)
     
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    I had the MSDN subscription for a while, which contained most of Microsoft's software, but will probably be getting the TechNet Direct sub since it contains everything I need, minus the developer tools.
     
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    Keep an eye out for the launch of Server 2008 if it ain't to far away from you and it is worth it for the licenses ye get.
    Got my Vista License at the Vista launch last year :)

    Gaucho
     
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    My Server 2k3 installs are all done from the 120 day trial that was included with the 70-294 book. Doesnt really need activation, so you can just keep reusing it. Of course, you have to reinstall every six months, but i can live with that.

    hell, if you set up a domain using them, and planned it right, you could stagger the expiries on your vm servers so that reinstallation neednt screw everything utterly
     
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