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I would like to try out Windows Vista Beta on my server box that's currently running Windows Server 2003.  Can I do this with removing my current OS?

Can I have both OS's on the same machine?

Or can I upgrade the WS 2003 to Vista such that I don't lose my data?
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> n I have both OS's on the same machine?
server 2003 is a server OS vista is a client OS! you cannot upgrade 2003 to xp - so you cannot upgrade 2003 to Vista!

you can run virtual server or VMware to have both OS running at once OR you can dual boot from your harddisk and have two separate OS running but only one at a time
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ok how do you install it so you can "dual boot"?

and will I lose my data.
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you need to partition your disk using a partition manager such as parition magic or an alternative, from there, when you boot off the vista cd, you can install onto your second partition which whill preserve all your data :)

a much better option nowdays is virtualserver from microsoft which is now free
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Can you explain to me how this virtual server can work in my situation, and will there be a huge performance hit?

From my understanding it sounds like WS 2003 will be runncer Virtual Server 2005, which will in turn run Vista Beta 2 if I install it.

Is this correct?

thanks for your help.
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thats exactly right my friend, you install virtual server, install your vista machine within virtual server, then turn it on when you want to use it, it basically runs exactly what its name says...a virtual machine :) let me know if you need help
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I will. Thanks

I'm still wondering if it will be a major performance hit to run the client OS that way.  And will the client OS still have access to all the machines resources.
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not a huge effect on resources, you can assign the amount of memory and storage etc that you want to give the client machine, yous till have access to all resources as well

now, i am off to watch the Aussie Belt the Italians in the soccer! ill be back in a couple of hours, so if i dont answer you, i havent bailed, i will be back!
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wow, Australia's still in

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Can you Beleive it >> last 10 Seconds, penalty shot to Italy wins the match....
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Hey Jay Jay,

I'm learning that Virtual Server has alot of limitations when it comes to interacting with your hardware, as opposed to Virtual PC which is not free.

That being the case do you think Virtual Server is still a better solution then partitioning the hard drive.
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i have used virtual server and virtual PC and for desktop client OS i prefer virtual PC

Virtual server is a good product but i know what you mean

you want good: vmware........

it's your call, virtual machines mean you have access to two machines at once, partitions limit you to one
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