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February 15, 2013 1:06:59 PM

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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February 15, 2013 1:13:51 PM

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?
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February 15, 2013 1:21:15 PM

It all depend of the "old PC" specs and what you want to do with the server.
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February 15, 2013 1:29:02 PM

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.
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February 15, 2013 1:34:48 PM

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?
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February 15, 2013 1:40:26 PM

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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February 15, 2013 2:03:58 PM

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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February 15, 2013 2:30:29 PM

Best answer selected by Rosco2382.
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February 15, 2013 2:30:54 PM

Thanks for your help buddy! you just made my Tax return go a long way for my certification road!
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