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    Hey all, I'm way behind the curve here but I'm messing w/ VM/Virtualbox for labs for the first time. I've never had to use a lab, until the beast. Is there an FAQ or guide for Virtbox? I've set up 3 servers but it's asking for a bootable media. I'm lost. am I missing something? do I actually need a full blown copy of server 2003?
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    You do actually need a copy of the OS. Here's the link to the 2003 OS > Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Windows Server 2003 R2 VHD . This is a pre-cooked file that works with Microsoft's VirtualPC. You can go ahead and use this product, but for FWIW, I'd go with using VMware. VMware is available as a free download here > VMware Server

    And here's a link to Serve r2008 r2, in case you decide to go with it > Download Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
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    ^ Thanks very much for the help! I did a bit of searching last night and sort of got the "jist" of the whole process. I have a much better understanding now and thank you very much for the links above!
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    You might want to tryout vmware. It's free, but you will need some storage space for your image. Good luck w/ creating your lab.
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    Otherwise many books will come with a free 180 day trial in the back. A lot of people have used these in their labs. 180 days is more than enough for your exam and then you can just start fresh with your next.
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    great advice, thanks guys!
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    you never had to use a lab until now i are confused heheh

    vmware is the best BUT for this one i'm using vpc as the apipa addressing was not working correctly with vmware, probably for some minor reason but i just didn't have time to waste on figuring it out and getting used to the way it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brunobliss View Post
    you never had to use a lab until now i are confused heheh

    vmware is the best BUT for this one i'm using vpc as the apipa addressing was not working correctly with vmware, probably for some minor reason but i just didn't have time to waste on figuring it out and getting used to the way it works.
    VMWare has a built in DHCP. If you want to have your own DHCP server (or have no DHCP server to get APIPA) then you will need to disable this.
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    well, thank you for the heads up but i was planing to using wmware from now on anyways as i see no further use for APIPA
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    Quote Originally Posted by brunobliss View Post
    you never had to use a lab until now i are confused heheh

    vmware is the best BUT for this one i'm using vpc as the apipa addressing was not working correctly with vmware, probably for some minor reason but i just didn't have time to waste on figuring it out and getting used to the way it works.
    Yep, never needed one until now! I've always had live (non-production) servers at my disposal so I could play/test at will. Plus, I took my tests a bit later in my career so I relied heavily on my existing experience. Kind of got burned by that on 70-290 but I eventually passed.
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    i'm having a hard time figuring out how to study for 70-236 (exchange 2007)

    manual says i must use 2003 server r2 64bits, but microsoft seems to no longer have that available for download, i always end up in the 2008 server page ... is that precoocked VHD the 64 bits version?
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