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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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  1. 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.
  2. 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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    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.
  4. 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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