Monday, September 21, 2009

Running Windows 2008 R2 on Home PC

Windows 2008 R2 (64-bit only) is now available for download. I downloaded it to get rid of my old WinXP and is trying out many new features. And it's free for 180 days, which mean I could also further delay (or even skip) my Windows 7 upgrade. What more - you can also experience new Windows 7 features by adding a new feature "Desktop Experience"on the server manager.

Add Hyper-V role and build a "" domain at home, which is ideal for the new MCTS (Active Directory) and even MCITP (Server Admin/Enterprise) wannabes. My "" is built on several VMs with two domain controllers (one full + one server core), one file server, one terminal server (now renamed remote desktop services), one Vista client and one Windows 7 client. Add another free linux-based OpenFiler VM for iSCSI SAN storage that is built on a RAID array of Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs). The outcome is a full scale of virtual enterprise infrastructure running on a single dual-core PC with just 4GB RAM.

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