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What windows server version to get


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#1 CHansohn

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:29 PM

I am playing around with building a mini-virtual datacenter. I have a server computer that is running a non-activated version of windows server with several virtual machines also not activated. Since they have started to tell me I need to buy windows server I am looking into what I should get.
Currently I have one machine as the host for the other virtual machines and several different purposed machines. One has SQL server, One has IIS, one has visualsvn, one has a domain server, and one is running ARR for tieing these together. Since this is purely for my own educational purposes I am not expecting to get any profit from this just knowledge (I am a very curious person).
Is there a cheap version of windows server that will allow me to do all of these things and not send me into bankruptcy?

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#2 Baltboy

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:05 AM

The short answer here is no.....however there are ways to save some cash. One is buy buying oem from an online retailer. Another concerns certain microsoft certifications supply you with software for demo and personal use. The main one being a Small Business Specialist. You would need to checkbthis though since MS has changed all of there certs semi-recently. The only other option is to wipe and reinstall the trial version and it will be good for 180 days once again. Just think of it as configuration practice.
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#3 DarkSnake-Kobra

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 12:33 PM

I suggest Linux such as CentOS. :) If you are a student though check out the DreamSpark program. :)

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:13 PM

Dreamspark is definitely an option for a Student. It gives you a fully licensed copy of most of MS' software for 1 year. This includes Server'08.

It seems however that you do not have access to these resources. By far I would suggest looking into an alternative such as Linux for example, my recommendation is Debian.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:56 PM

Linux all the way, the salaries and demand for linux is ever increasing, though their is a lot of money in Windows Server as well, but Linux is much of a narrow market with people being educated in.




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