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Virtual Lab for MS 2003 Server

By dwiemann ·
What are the differences between these virtual lab programs? I'm trying to decide which would be best for a home lab training scenario. Would a 1.6GHz P4, 512MB be sufficient? Thanks.

MS Virtual Server (2005)

MS Virtual PC (2004)


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At least a GIG of RAM or more needed

by pgm554 In reply to Virtual Lab for MS 2003 S ...

Plus some sort of multiple spindle (RAID),otherwise it is slow going.
And Virtual server only runs on 2003 Server.No XP, no W2K Server.ONLY Server 2K3.

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Also requires II6

by pgm554 In reply to At least a GIG of RAM or ...

No IIS 6, no go.
Memory pig.(but hey,its Windows)
Use the SCSI driver not IDE, 10 to 20 % speed improvement.
W2K3 SP1 breaks some stuff(can't uninstall it)so be careful.

It's cheaper than Vmware (but not better) and it has a physical to virtual program that will let you virtualize old machines (it's free).
Vmware has one, but it is very $$$$$$.

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by advancedgeek In reply to Virtual Lab for MS 2003 S ...

I used vmware a lot, and it didn't really require much in the way of RAM...we had 512MB in those boxes that ran it (with 2 virtual machines running) and it ran it just fine. I'd suggest VMWARE because it's third party, and third party seems to always work better. :)

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