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By jcublee138 ·
I have a netgear router set up with a PC and a laptop. The printer is hooked to the PC but I can print from the laptop without it being a network printer, as long as the PC is on. My question is this, I just picked up Windows Server 2003 and would like to play with setting up a domain instead of a workgroup. Do I need to purchase a third computer to set up as a server, and how much storage, RAM, etc. should it have?

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Technically

by cmiller5400 In reply to Networking

Technically you don't have to have another computer. You could run it in a virtual machine if your current PC was beefy enough. If you want a dedicated machine, then I would look at 2GB minimum of RAM; if you start loading Exchange, or SQL server, you want to double it (4GB). Storage is up to you as to how much disk space you want.

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Yes

by LarryD4 In reply to Networking

To setup a domain, utilizing active directory you will need a computer dedicated to that job.

You could dual boot the PC to have Win Serv 2003 on it, but whenever you have the other OS running your domain will be down.

Requirements are...

Windows 2003 Standard

PC with a 133-MHz processor required; 550-MHz or faster processor recommended; support for up to four processors on one server

Memory
128 MB of RAM required; 256 MB or more recommended; 4 GB maximum

Hard disk
1.2 GB for network install; 2.9 GB for CD install

Drive
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Display
VGA or hardware that supports console redirection required; Super VGA supporting 800 x 600 or higher-resolution monitor recommended



Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition
Component Requirement
Computer and processor
133-MHz processor required; 550-MHz recommended; up to eight processors supported on one server

Memory
128 MB of RAM minimum required; 256 MB or more recommended; 64 GB maximum for x86-based computers; 2 TB maximum for x64 and ia64 computers

Hard disk
1.2 GB for network install; 2.9 GB for CD install

Drive
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Display
VGA or hardware that supports console redirection required; Super VGA supporting 800 x 600 or higher-resolution monitor recommended


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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition
Component Requirement
Computer and processor
400 MHz processor required; 733 MHz processor recommended

Memory
512 MB of RAM required; 1 GB of RAM recommended; 128 GB maximum for x86-based computers; 2 TB maximum for x64 and ia64 computers

Hard disk
1.2 GB for network install; 2.9 GB for CD install

Other
Maximums: 64-way capable multiprocessor machine supported for 64-bit processors and 32-way capable multiprocessor machine supported for 32-bit processors


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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
Component Requirement
Computer and processor
133-MHz processor (550 MHz recommended)

Memory
128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended; 2 GB maximum)

Hard disk
1.2 GB for network install; 2.9 GB for CD install


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Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
Component Requirement
Computer and processor
PC with a 133-MHz processor required; 550-MHz or faster processor recommended (Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition supports up to four processors on one server)

Memory
128 MB of RAM required; 256 MB or more recommended; 4 GB maximum

Hard disk
1.25 to 2 GB of available hard-disk space

Drive
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Display
VGA or hardware that supports console redirection required; Super VGA supporting 800 x 600 or higher-resolution monitor recommended


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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Component Requirement
Computer and processor
133-MHz or faster processor for x86-based PCs; 733-MHz for Itanium-based PCs; up to eight processors supported on either the 32-bit or the 64-bit version

Memory
128 MB of RAM minimum required; maximum: 32 GB for x86-based PCs with the 32-bit version and 64 GB for Itanium-based PCs with the 64-bit version

Hard disk
1.5 GB of available hard-disk space for x86-based PCs; 2 GB for Itanium-based PCs; additional space is required if installing over a network

Drive
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive

Display
VGA or hardware that supports console redirection required

Other
Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, 64-bit version is compatible only with 64-bit Intel Itanium-based systems and cannot install on 32-bit systems


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Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
Component Requirement
Computer and processor
Minimum: 400 MHz processor for x86-based computers or 733 MHz for Itanium-based computers; recommended: 733 MHz processor

Memory
512 MB of RAM required; 1 GB of RAM recommended; 128 GB maximum for x86-based computers; 2 TB maximum for x64 and ia64 computers

Hard disk
1.5 GB hard-disk space for x86-based computers; 2.0 GB for Itanium-based computers

Other
Maximum: 64-way capable multiprocessor machine supported

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Dedicate it....

by ---TK--- In reply to Networking

you will be happier in the long run... And look into KVM switches, so you will not have to buy a second monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Also, if / when you go to setup DHCP, make sure your router's DHCP is turned off also. Save your self the headache.

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