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    #26
    Hello Everyone,

    I would like to advance my career and want to setup a home lab to practice, probably pursuing MCITP. I search online and found this post and decided to join. I don't have much experience with Virtual machines but willing to learn. Should I use VMware Server, ESXi or Hyper-V? I don't mine investing some cash to advance my career. I don't spend much time at home since I visit father at nursing home. I would either setup on my laptop or use logmein to access PC.


    My machines:
    PC =quad-core 8GB 120GB SSD and HD.
    Asus laptop Intel i5 8GB HD.


    Also, if you would mine sharing exactly how to setup my test lab. Example: 30GB for each VM , host and guest etc.

    thank you.
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    #27
    I use Oracle Virtualbox (free) to host my VMs. I also recommend getting pfSense to setup your own isolated network for test environment.
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    #28
    I bought the MS Press book for 70-62 and use Oracle VirtualBox which is free. Have had no problems using the software. The MS Press book gives you a step by step guide on setting up your network.
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    I've never tried VirtualBox, but heard it's pretty good. I'm using Hyper-V on Win8 right now. You can take snapshots with it, and it's built in to Win8. Unlike MS VirtualPC, Hyper-V allows you to take as many snapshots as your hdd can hold.
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    #30
    I bounce between studying at work and home, and really, I don't have much space at home to leave a desktop running (family of four in a small house). So, I've got a Thinkpad T61 that I carry with me (separate from my daily use laptop). It has a T7300 CPU, 4GB of RAM and two 500 GB hard drives (I had been running a 500 GB primary and a 160GB in the media bay, but ran out of space...). I use Hyper-V on 2008 R2 for virtualization.

    My number one complaint about this arrangement is that widescreen low-res laptops are terrible if you start stacking up toolbars. 768 vertical pixels just aren't enough. I hate having to scroll up and down to get to the start menu of a VM or whatever. Once you enable RDP on your guest OS you can RDP from the host which makes it better,

    Performance-wise, I can get a few VMs going at once, but much more than four lightly used ones and I have issues. It's enough for now, though.
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    I know this thread is old, but i am also interested in getting into vmware, so i need to setup a virtual lab for practice...what laptop brand can you guys recommend along with specs so that the lab can run smoothly...i'm hoping to spend no more than $700 on a laptop with i7(haswell?), 8g ram, 500hd(or preferably SSD)..and no issues with drivers for nics, etc..when setting up lab, etc...basically a 'compatible' laptop that i can take to the office or anywhere to do my studys since i would like to take the exam though i know you still have to signup for a class. Thanks.
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    #32
    Welcome aboard. CPU is not a biggie. You will want to focus on sticking a lot of RAM on that laptop, 16GB is possible, and an SSD. Those will be your major contention points.

    Check out this blog post.
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    thanks...i'll check it out.
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