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jdstonejdstone Member Posts: 14 ■□□□□□□□□□
i'm new here. i'm going to start studying for my mcse and was wondering if i bought something like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Windows-Server-2003-Enterprise-Evaluation-TRIAL-free-sh_W0QQitemZ7187225533QQcategoryZ182QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem if i would be able to use that to practice on?

can anyone help with that? would that work for me?

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    matts5074matts5074 Member Posts: 148
    Unless you just don't want to download it I would get it from Microsoft for free.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/default.mspx

    Yes, it's very useful to practice on if you have a PC to install it on or dual boot.
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    shadown7shadown7 Member Posts: 529
    That will work but don't buy it when you can get it for free. icon_lol.gif

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/trial/default.mspx
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    WebmasterWebmaster Admin Posts: 10,292 Admin
    You can request the same CD from that microsoft page and pay only shipping cost.
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    jdstonejdstone Member Posts: 14 ■□□□□□□□□□
    you guys are great with the quick relpies...but which one do i want..i went to the website, and there are 3 options available...

    1. 03 server, enterprise ed. with sp1(32bit)
    2. 03 server, enterprise ed, for itanium based servers
    3. 03 server, enterprise x64 ed

    help?
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    evanderburgevanderburg Member Posts: 229 ■■■□□□□□□□
    It depends on the processor you have in the machine you indend to run it on.
    1. 03 server, enterprise ed. with sp1(32bit)
    Most likely your machine. Note the 32bit. If unsure, get this one.
    2. 03 server, enterprise ed, for itanium based servers
    This is for Intel Itanium processors only.
    3. 03 server, enterprise x64 ed
    This is for 64bit processors such as the Athlon 64 or Opteron.
    "You can never know everything and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway. " - Lan, Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan
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    shadown7shadown7 Member Posts: 529
    I would assume you have a regular 32bit computer in which you want the first one. But, I'm almost positive you wont need the second one. The first one is the most common one.

    #2 is for high end servers.

    #3 is for 64 bit processors
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    JDMurrayJDMurray Admin Posts: 13,057 Admin
    After you install the trial and get its base configuration set, make a Ghost image of the partition so you can easily reload a "clean" copy of Windows Server when you need to. Save the Ghost image file to a second partition or second hard drive on the same machine.

    I also like to use emulator programs like VMWare 5 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2003 to run Windows Server (Linux, MS-DOS, whatever) on my XP Pro workstation. Make sure you have plenty of free RAM if you run multiple virtual machines simultaneously on the same computer.
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