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Server 2008 Install help - Gateway DX4300-09/AMD780G


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#1 jonas914

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 12:47 AM

Hi everyone. Maybe some advice wouldn't hurt either, but here's my question first, what I'm doing, second...

I'm about to purchase a Gateway DX4300-09 desktop that comes with Vista Home 64bit.
I want to install Windows Server 2008.
Obviously, Gateway isn't going to help me. I've done as much searching on the net I could, and I can't find anything 100% certain that I will be able to put Server 08 on it. The motherboard is based on the AMD 780G Chipset, and its an Athlon Dual Core processor.
Built-in Video and Network, etc...

I read that with Server 08 that most Vista and Win7 drivers SHOULD work, so I'm tempted to give it a try, but I didn't want to waste the money if it might not work.


HERE'S WHAT I WANT TO DO:
I want to run a Windows-based server to host Web/FTP/Exchange email.
I also want to use it as a file-sharing server for my home network, "media-center" to my TV and stream stuff to my PS3.
First and foremost, I have to make it replace my current Win2K server with Exchange to do Web/FTP/Email.
I am not 100% bound to IIS or the Windows web-hosting stuff, its just the Exchange part that I like the most because the interface to outlook, calendars, and OWA access is nice.

I'm trying to make this a sub-$400 server, so this Gateway DX4300 might be perfect, but I just gotta know if it'll really run Windows 2008.

Any advice is openly received and appreciated!!!

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#2 samuria

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 06:39 PM

The way forward is go for it as long as you get the drivers there shouldnt be a problem if there is you can install Virtual box for free and run it as a virtual pc which is guaranteed to work




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