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Hi Experts,

Using Windows 7 64 bit with 8 GB of memory on  my laptop, I need to set up a virtualized Windows server 2008 R2 for testing purposes only.

 I have a licenced version of Windoews server 2088 R2, but I really don't want to install it as an alternative OS on my laptop directly.

Any suggestions as to which virtualization software can be used? Preferrably free...

Thanks,
Bjorn

asked 12/14/2011 04:25

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yes,  you can run Microsof Virutal PC which microsoft offer for free... install Mircroosft Virtual PC and install 2k8 on it... it is simplee... :)
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Murali1984 is mistaken - Virtual PC cannot run 64 bit operating systems and there is no version of 2008 R2 that is 32 bit.

VMWare Workstation is not free but does support 64 bit as far as I'm aware.  

You could test the developer previewof Windows 8 - that includes hyper-V and can do it.

Of you could just install in a dual boot using boot to VHD (that's how my laptop boots).

I believe all the other virtualization platforms you could use to do this are either type 1 (bare metal, meaning you cannot install AFTER Windows) and/or 32 bit.  But I'll say I'm not sure.
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answered 2011-12-15 at 00:29:09

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I might be able to do my testing with 32 bit Windows server 2008 as well, but as far as I can see,Windows Virtual PC does not support server 2008.

Cut from Microsoft's requirement page on Virtual server 2007.

Supported guest operating system:
Windows XP
Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional
Windows Vista
Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate
Windows 7
Virtual Applications feature is supported only on Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate
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answered 2011-12-15 at 00:35:49

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intimenordic

Following leew's comment, please let me share that I'm a huge vmware fan.  I own a Workstation v7 on a W7 64bits PC, and I can confirm that W2008 R2 64bit is supported.

You could download the trial version and do your tests.

Cheers

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    answered 2011-12-15 at 00:43:31

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    ReneGe

    VMware Workstation 8.0 ($199)(trial) or VMware Playr 4.0 (FREE)

    VMware Player 4.0 Free Download
    http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/4_0

    VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download (discontinued)
    http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_server/2_0

    VMware Workstation 8.0 (60 day trial, $199)
    http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_workstation/8_0

    Oracle Virtualbox 4.0
    http://www.virtualbox.org/

    Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows
    http://www.parallels.com/uk/products/desktop/pd4wl/

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    answered 2011-12-15 at 00:46:44

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    hanccocka

    @Leew, Ohh.. never used the PC anywhere for x64... thanks..
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    answered 2011-12-15 at 02:15:53

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    Murali1984

    Thanks! I have downloaded VMWARE 8 trial version, and will test that one first.
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    answered 2011-12-15 at 02:47:47

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    intimenordic

    Not sure why I'm following up since my information was deemed useless... but just because it doesn't state it's supported doesn't mean it's not going to work. 2008 is the same code base as Vista SP1, so there should be no reason it doesn't run.
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    answered 2011-12-15 at 02:53:33

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    leew

    Glad I could help.
    Once you tests concluded, would you mind sharing your findings?
    Cheers.
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    answered 2011-12-15 at 10:22:25

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    ReneGe

    ReneGe: Currently testing DropBox and vmWare, I'm having some issues with my graphics card with Dropbox. Will post back once I have concluded.

    Leew: Sorry, didn't cross my mind to test Virtual PC when the OS wasn't listed as supported.
    I'll go for either virtualbox or vmware.

    Thanks!
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    answered 2011-12-15 at 12:58:38

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    intimenordic

    I have decided to go with vmWare. It worked perfectly without any hazzle. I think it's worth the cost as long as it does what it's supposed to with no problems what so ever.

    I managed to install on VirtualBox, but I did have problems with screen resolution and recognition of my graphics card..

    Thanks!
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    answered 2011-12-19 at 01:39:15

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