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13 décembre 2008 6 13 /12 /décembre /2008 06:00

Microsoft Virtualisation is an awsome tool to tryout new Operating Systems, use an alternate OS without dual-booting or even having to change the Formating structure of the Hard Disk Drive, for security, or for learning purposes.

I'll explain a basic tutorial on running Windows Server 2003 on a Windows XP Pro PC.

Be sure to download from Microsoft the files version that matches your config ( depending on you're running XP SP2 or XP SP3, 32 bit OS or 64 bit OS, etc ... )

First, you'll have to download the Virtualisation software :

Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 ( Free ) from Microsoft website. ( 40 MB )

Second, you'll have to download the OS image :

 

Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 ( Free, 30 days limited ) from Microsoft website.
Windows names these OS images VHDs ( Virtual Hard Drive ). The download is huge ( 2 GB ), so be patient, and be sure your internet connection is stable and safe.


You'll need Windows XP Pro : XP Home can't run Virtual Server 2005.

You'll need a powerfull enough CPU and enough memory to handle the virtual server extra load. I'm using right now an Athlon XP 1800+ with 768 Mo of SDRAM, and it feels like it's the minimum.

Be sure to download from Microsoft the files version that matches your config ( depending on you're running XP SP2 or XP SP3, 32 bit OS or 64 bit OS, etc ... )

One last step to prepare the installation : Add the IIS World Wide Web Service component to your OS
( Control Panel ) Add or remove programs ) Add or remove Windows Components ) Internet Services ( IIS ) ) Details ) World Wide Web Service                       )

All is ready for installation now.


( the following of this tutorial will be added very soon ^^ )

 

 

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