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By luciusism ·
Hello, I'm going for my MCSE and want to get hands on training by creating my own home network. I was wondering if anyone whose done this before can offer tips for the least expensive way to do this? I know I'll need to buy the computers, network cards, cabling software... but don't want to pay thousands for something I'm going to expirement with!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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by lance2@TechSupport In reply to need advice on creating a ...

Find a small shop that does trade-in and upgrades. They'll have stuff they scrap because it can't be sold (old VGA monitors, small drives, used network cards, keyboards and mice, slow CDROMs, damaged cases)
If you are pursuing the NT4 track, you can get by with some old 486 PCs. They work fine as Domain Controllers even with a 500MB drive, they are cheap, (RAM costs). For Win2K, you need P133s or better (I got a used P233 for $100). NT4 server runs happily on a 486 with 32 MB RAM (64 is better). For SQL7, you'll need a Pentium. To run IIS, Proxy or Exchange you need to find a 2GB drive, the rest you can run on 1GB drives.
The Microsoft Official Curriculum includes 120 day versions of the software and labs you need. Many sell their booksonce done.
I got my MCSE+I with three 486's and an overclocked P133 using the MOC. Hardware cost less than $1500 including a small hub and cables. It would be less now.

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by D.C. In reply to need advice on creating a ...

Check out these sites for some pricing and how to's: http://gtweb.net/custom.html
http://www.homepclan.com/crcable.htm

Also, to create a crossover cable (this will only save you 12 bucks or so): http://www.kan.org/networking/crossover.html

Good luck

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by tilsonkephas In reply to need advice on creating a ...

Hello

I think the CAT5 cable and 3COM Fast Ethernet LINK XL PCI card is even better. Although you are experimenting, the outcome will be a success at the same time you will have a decent network.

Good luck.
Tilson

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