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I wanna work on some certifications, I'm on a limited budget and I'm more of a hands on guy versus playing in a VM environment. So my question is if I decide to use an older PC and install server 2008 R2 on it, would this machine be powerful enough for a server environment? Its not really gonna be going out to the internet and used just internally for labs.
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  1. For basic home servers the hardware requirements really aren't much. What kind of older machine are you talking? And can you be more specific about the tasks it will handle?
  2. It all depend of the "old PC" specs and what you want to do with the server.
  3. 2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual 64 kilobyte primary memory cache 1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache 64-bit ready Multi-core (2 total) Not hyper-threaded
    G31M3-F Intel G31 Motherboard
    4GB DDR2 533 PC2-4200

    I basically want to Lab for the Microsoft 70-680 and 685 certification exams.
  4. Rosco2382 said:
    2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual 64 kilobyte primary memory cache 1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache 64-bit ready Multi-core (2 total) Not hyper-threaded
    G31M3-F Intel G31 Motherboard
    4GB DDR2 533 PC2-4200

    I basically want to Lab for the Microsoft 70-680 and 685 certification exams.


    Ok, I'm not MCSE, I manage Unix/Linux server so telling me Microsoft 70-680 and 685 is like chinese for me... What are those exams about? MS Exchange? LDAP (AD)? IIS? Little bit of all those?
  5. I apologize, they are for Configuring Windows 7 in an enterprise environment.


    Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7
    Deploying Windows 7
    Configuring Hardware and Applications
    Configuring Network Connectivity
    Configuring Access to Resources
    Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7
    Configuring Backup and Recovery Options

    Are the major key points from the exams. I appreciate all your help. As I'm trying to self teach and power my way through college at the same time.
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    From what I understand, the server purpose is network connectivity for the win7 client. So basically all you gonna use is LDAP (Active Directory), maybe a bit a MS Exchange and IIS. The answer is then yes, this old pc gonna be good for this for at least 5 win7 clients. File sharing, network management, email/agenda directories, those all tasks that does not need alot of CPU power. What need alot of CPU power on a server is webpage with many server side scripts, databases hosting, media streaming/transcoding, or a network with many clients.
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  8. Thanks for your help buddy! you just made my Tax return go a long way for my certification road!
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