I would like to evaluate Windows 2003 Server on my local PC, as I cannot afford to build another PC and install it on that for my evaluation.
The question is what solution would allow me to run multiple PCs on one host PC. My host PC is my desktop Windows XP Professional machine. I would like to run the Windows 2003 Server as a virtual PC on this host PC and have it running things like DNS, Active Directory, Domain Controller and DHCP.
I am very conversant at installing and configuring the above services on a standalone server PC but am unsure if I can have the same functionality and flexibility if I install it as a virtual PC on my host PC with Windows XP Professional.
I've taken a quick look at Virtual PC software which may have this functionality. However, would other PCs over my LAN be able to use the Windows 2003 Server virtual PC running on my Windows XP Professional box as if it was a standalone Windows 2003 Server Domain Controller on the LAN?
Any input appreciated,
Thanks as always,