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lab for network+

Discussion in 'Network+' started by nedia, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. nedia

    nedia New Member

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    i have a couple of older machines lying around which i intend on networking up for playing around with

    my question is how many computers do i need, what equipment and what programs are required?

    thanks in advance!
     
  2. boots2k

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    dont bother, just use virtual pcs.
     
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  3. nedia

    nedia New Member

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    how do i do that and is it definitely an advantage over using a couple of machines?
     
  4. boots2k

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    download virtual pc 2007 free from microsoft

    Make sure you have a least a gig of ram

    Install the trial version of windows server 2003 on the 1st virtual pc

    Then install 2 client virtual pcs.

    I have only just done it in the last 3 days and it was real simple.

    The network connections as sorted themselves out (no configuration required)

    I have my server running a domain and 2 clients that can log in.

    I have A file server, Internet etc sorted.

    I know absolute zero about Networks, so If I can do it you can too.
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    Yep thats the way to do it. :D
     
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  6. morph

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    u dont need a lab mate - virtual pc - but to be honest u probably wouldnt need to go that for with the network + :)
     
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  7. Sparky
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    Don’t remember any Server 2003 in the Network+ :blink

    Although you did ask about a lab make sure you focus on the OSI model, cable types and their spec for this exam. 8)
     
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  8. Sparky
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    No network config for a domain controller? :blink
     
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  9. Lev Arris

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    If your old PCs have NICs then I'd recommend networking them if you have not done so before.

    Teaches you stuff like the need for a crossover cable. The fact PCs will not automatically talk without either DHCP or static IP etc..

    Its personal choice I s'pose but I like to physically do things.
     
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  10. nedia

    nedia New Member

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    im familiar with networking and could easily enough stick a few pc's together, second problem is i dont have a fast enough machine for this virtual business

    like yourself i like doing stuff physically and find it more interesting, and would like a small network to play around with then break and fix and learn!
     
  11. Jay_7

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    I am in the fortunate position that I had a few PC's kicking about the place. One has been upgraded with 1.5GB Ram, and a 500GB hard disk and is currently running Server 2003 running my network at home. Installation and configuration is a doddle (well I found it a doddle anyway). There are 2 client PC's, one running Vista Ultimate, the other is on XP Pro and the network is wired for 1GBps connectivity.

    I probably wouldn't have even attempted this before had it not been for my A+ and my Network+ training to date.

    Anyone else experienced the joy of finally getting a Vista machine to log into a Server 2003 environment without getting the temporary profile?
     
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