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August 26, 2013 7:43:40 PM

I have a gaming grade machine, currently running Windows 7 Pro x64. I just got my copy of Windows Server 2012 and this is the machine it is destined for. It's an auxiliary machine, but I don’t want to lose the ability to set it up for gaming for LAN parties. I'm trying to figure the best way to dual boot. If I run one OS as a virtual, which one should be the native and which the virtual? I'm planning to use Windows Server as a learning experience, running a domain network for my other machines and will likely end up running a database and mail server from it as well if I can get away with all that  What are your opinions on the best way to install these two OS’s? BTW, the primary drive is a 128GB Samsung 840PRO SSD, the secondary a 1TB Hitachi Deskstar. 16GB ram and Core I7 3770K Processor.
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August 26, 2013 7:49:16 PM

Gaming through a VM does not work well. I've tried it.

Since the Server 2012 is to be used for a learning machine, virtualize that, I generally have a couple of VM's running in the background. LinuxMint and Server 2012.
I use VirtualBox. It seems to work well.

Or, a full dual boot on two different partitions. My laptop is set up that way. Win7 on one partition, Win 8.1 on the other.
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August 26, 2013 7:53:39 PM

How much space would you recommend for each OS if I decide to go for dual boot? Keep in mind, I can split 128GB and keep the OS on super fast SSD, or kick one or both of them to the larger drive.

USAFRet said:
Gaming through a VM does not work well. I've tried it.

Since the Server 2012 is to be used for a learning machine, virtualize that, I generally have a couple of VM's running in the background. LinuxMint and Server 2012.
I use VirtualBox. It seems to work well.

Or, a full dual boot on two different partitions. My laptop is set up that way. Win7 on one partition, Win 8.1 on the other.


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August 26, 2013 8:06:36 PM

James Ford said:
How much space would you recommend for each OS if I decide to go for dual boot? Keep in mind, I can split 128GB and keep the OS on super fast SSD, or kick one or both of them to the larger drive.

USAFRet said:
Gaming through a VM does not work well. I've tried it.

Since the Server 2012 is to be used for a learning machine, virtualize that, I generally have a couple of VM's running in the background. LinuxMint and Server 2012.
I use VirtualBox. It seems to work well.

Or, a full dual boot on two different partitions. My laptop is set up that way. Win7 on one partition, Win 8.1 on the other.




Splitting a 128GB SSD leaves not a lot for 2 partitions.
I'd suggest your main OS on the SSD, and Server 2012 on something else. Select the appropriate OS at boot time.

Or, run Server 2012 in a VM, living on the HDD.
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August 26, 2013 8:09:50 PM

I really appreciate your quick replies. Very helpful!

USAFRet said:
James Ford said:
How much space would you recommend for each OS if I decide to go for dual boot? Keep in mind, I can split 128GB and keep the OS on super fast SSD, or kick one or both of them to the larger drive.

USAFRet said:
Gaming through a VM does not work well. I've tried it.

Since the Server 2012 is to be used for a learning machine, virtualize that, I generally have a couple of VM's running in the background. LinuxMint and Server 2012.
I use VirtualBox. It seems to work well.

Or, a full dual boot on two different partitions. My laptop is set up that way. Win7 on one partition, Win 8.1 on the other.




Splitting a 128GB SSD leaves not a lot for 2 partitions.
I'd suggest your main OS on the SSD, and Server 2012 on something else. Select the appropriate OS at boot time.

Or, run Server 2012 in a VM, living on the HDD.


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