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Server 2008R2 desktop motherboard

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November 11, 2011 12:31:43 PM

Hello, I'd like to build a cost-effective desktop system to run Windows Server 2008R2 with Hyper-V to test virtualization. It needs to be a fully Microsoft supported board. SATA RAID would be nice so I can put in 3 low cost drives and have lots of space. Doesn't need fancy video but a reasonable number of memory slots would be great. There is an MC store in the Twin Cities so if it's something they have that would be an added bonus.
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November 11, 2011 2:34:37 PM

Hello johngammel;

What does cost effective mean to us? Have you set a budget for this project?

If you fill out the form in *How To Ask For New Build Advice* you'll answer all the standard questions that help things get started.
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November 11, 2011 3:25:24 PM

No fixed budget - just want to spend the least. What I'd like is a specific recommendation - thanks.
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November 11, 2011 3:51:04 PM

I already looked through this and didn't see anything. Please - I'm looking for a specific recommendation. I was even at a Microsoft VDI seminar yesterday and no one could get specific.
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November 11, 2011 7:58:35 PM

johngammel said:
I was even at a Microsoft VDI seminar yesterday and no one could get specific.
That is very significant.
I think you need to visit the Server 2008R2 forums.
What you are asking is more software dependent than anything else.
Your hardware selections seems to be driven by software/OS requirements.
Take advice from the software gurus.
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November 11, 2011 8:03:05 PM

johngammel said:
It needs to be a fully Microsoft supported board.
I read the Server 2008R2 software and hardware requirements and that was never mentioned.

It's this requirement that I'm not familiar with, and the reason Im saying you need to talk with people who understand that requirement.

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November 11, 2011 8:43:20 PM

Sorry - but these are a no good for a motherboard. The server catalog is a big mess for MBs. Fine for lots of other items though.
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November 20, 2011 11:50:45 PM

Through another method I found out the SuperMicro has a Server 2008 R2 SP1 WHQL motherboard. I don't need anymore input.
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