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    Default Exam 70-687 Configuring Windows 8.1

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    I will get straight to the point. What hardware/resources do I need to study for and pass the Windows 8.1 MCSA? Considering it involves remote access, remote installations etc. will I need access to more than 1 computer as I only have 1 laptop??

    Also how long to study and pass each exam for a home Windows user with good general computer experience? Been using Windows since version 3.1 but only in a home environment. I am hoping I could do it quick enough to qualify for the free Windows 10 upgrade exam.

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    You can download and install VMware Player, download and install demo versions of Windows 8.1 Enterprise as well as Windows Server 2012r2, and can set up a virtual network connection between the OSes for remote admin/access/install scenarios. Having said all of that, I would verify that you have enough memory (8GB, minimum), a large enough HDD (500GB, minimum), and a CPU that has built-in virtualization acceleration. The last piece of the puzzle is a decent enough book or website(s) that can walk you through setting up a virtual test lab and creating lab scenarios that will walk you through the exam objectives.
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    i7 chip, 20GB memory on my laptop. SSD is only 128GB though, although i have several non-SSD laptop drives in a drawer of various sizes.
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    Sounds like your system is more than adequate. If you have USB 3.0, I'd just put the VMs on an external USB HDD.
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