Exchange 2007 VMWare lab on a laptop!

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Exchange 2007 VMWare lab on a laptop!

Hi All,

This is probably a question that's been asked in the past but I'd to give up on page 10 after trawling past Q&As.

Up till this point, I've only worked with Exchange at a 'basic' level...move/delete/create user mailboxes, etc. Having now embarked on a journey to really get under the hood of Exchange and get my hands dirty, I've bought a couple of books and am looking to set up a virtual lab at home.

Unfortunately, I've only got limited hardware for now...
- Compaq Presario CQ50-215NR laptop
- with .90 GHz AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 Dual-Core Processor
- 2GB RAM which I'll be upgrading to 4GB this weekend
- 160 GB HDD

I have VMWare Server installed.

1. What is the "minimum" number of virtual machines I will need to install for an Exchange 2007 lab?

2. Any suggestion for the configuration of these machines

3. What's the maximum number of Virtual machines I'll need to run concurrently at any one time when simulating Send / Rreceive email ?

,Many thanks for your answers and suggestions.

Best regards,