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January 22, 2014 8:18:51 AM

Can I use Windows or Linux server OS on my PC?

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January 22, 2014 8:22:37 AM

Most PC's made in the last 5 years or so should run without issue. Older PC's may have some issues with drivers.
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January 22, 2014 8:26:48 AM

Yes, but there are some issues. One is drivers, as Ron mentioned.

Another is that some desktop CPUs won't support virtualization as well as others. For example the i7-4770k supports VT-x with Extended Page Tables for hardware virtualization support, but it does not support VT-d for directed IO with virtualization. If you are really concerned about VT-d, you can always get an Intel Core i7-3770 (that does have VT-d).
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January 22, 2014 8:56:49 AM

kaushik37 said:
Can I use Windows or Linux server OS on my PC?


If you mean the system you list in your profile, then yes, you can run Windows or Linux Server.

The question that hasn't been asked is "why?". What are you trying to accomplish?
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January 22, 2014 10:42:44 AM

I have found Genuine Microsoft Windows Server 2012 on 3,500 INR from an IT Mall. I have also downloaded Ubuntu 13.10 Server OS from Ubuntu official website. I would like to experience the server OS features and explore about it on my PC. So I am a bit curious as well as cautious before using these OS. Thus, I have thought to take the advice of you people who have experience regarding these issues.
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January 22, 2014 11:04:55 AM

Understood. I would recommend putting the server OSes on a separate system if you want to use as an educational platform. That way you can also learn about the client side of the client-server relationship and the things you need to do on both sides of the equation.

If you decide to proceed with a single system, and perform full installs (vice virtual servers), each OS will need its own partition for installation and only one will be able to run at a time.
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January 22, 2014 11:53:10 AM

You can download a "trial version" (full working copy) of the server software that will allow you to run it for 6 months before it has to be registered....it will give you a long time to "play" with the operating system.
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January 23, 2014 3:29:35 AM

kaushik37 said:
I have found Genuine Microsoft Windows Server 2012 on 3,500 INR from an IT Mall. I have also downloaded Ubuntu 13.10 Server OS from Ubuntu official website. I would like to experience the server OS features and explore about it on my PC. So I am a bit curious as well as cautious before using these OS. Thus, I have thought to take the advice of you people who have experience regarding these issues.


If you already have Ubuntu 13.10 on your system you can convert that to a LAMP server (Linux Apache Mysql PHP) with desktop by installing those components
sudo apt-get install apache2 mysql php
This gives you a server that can handle web pages.
Another GUI tool would be to install webmin

Since this is a home application GUIs are OK but if you really want security you install without the desktop (server edition) nor webmin and do everything by command line.


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