MCSA 2012 Lab with Dell PowerEdge 2950 III

PsychoCiscoPsychoCisco Member Posts: 44 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi All,

I'm totally new to this whole MCSA certification thing. I'm hoping to get certified by the end of this year. What I would like to know is how do I go about setting up a lab. I've read so many threads on this specific question but still unclear as to what to do.

I've bought a Dell PowerEdge 2950 III to accomplish this task.

Specs are;

2 x Xeon E5410 2.33 GHz Quad Core Processors 2 x 12MB Cache
2 x 146 GB SAS HDD 15000 RPM
PERC 6/i Controller
2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports

Now I can install four more HDDs but not sure if I need more.

Anyway my questions are is it correct if I install Server 2012 as my main OS on the first HDD and create multiple VMs on Hyper-V or other virtualization software. Should I install Standard Edition (as there's many editions) as the main OS?

Also how many VMs do I need?

Should I install a few VMs on the first HDD and the rest on the second HDD?

If I have missed anything please let me know

Any input would be highly appreciated


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