I am trying to accomplish having sandbox to play in - test some Virtualization software, a few Server softwares, all on top of a Vista Install - which would also be new to me.
Here is what I have as my main candidate to play with:
Nobilis Workstation - Intel E6600 2.4Ghz DualCore (Supports VT and 64 Bit)
Only 2GB RAM right now (because running XP) but I have more waiting.
Has 1 320GB Seagate 7200rpm in it now.
I have a 2nd identical drive empty and waiting to be installed.
Can I leave the XP install alone, install Vista on the other drive, and keep them separate and boot into one or the other? And if I "can" - should I or am i asking for more trouble than its worth?
If so, is it possible to install 64-bit Vista on that clean drive?
Is it possible to have 2 OS on 2 separate drives and boot into 1 or the other?
Can 1 of those OS be 32-bit and the other 64? (really I am sorry if this is really dumb to ask)
I know I may not get the full experience testing out servers on a workstation - but it would be better than nothing, and if I have the RAM it shouldnt be too bad. I would certainly like to test out Win2k8 and Exchange2007 - and so I suppose I don't need 64-bit there since they make the 32-bit Exch for testing (any limitations on that that I would be missing from a testing standpoint?)
If no 64-bit option other than getting rid of XP and going full Vista, then I am stuck with 2GB, and that won't really cut it to do the Virtual Stuff I want. I could use the XP drive elsewhere, and then it would be like having a brand new machine with a fresh install of Vista on the clean drive, and go from there - but I would still like to keep this as an XP workstation if i could - so i am asking...
FYI Vista isnt my main concern here - having a Virtualization and Virtual Server playground is most important. I just figured why not also get some hands on Vista time too? But that I could do with just a virtual pc or wmware install on this machine as it is now.
What would you do in my shoes? I have read posts where people have said things like "just find yourself an old server and play around" - and if that is a better answer than all this - I would love some suggestions on where to start looking and what you would spend or what is reasonable to expect to spend on something that isn't meant to break any barriers - just allow me to do a little learning?
Thanks in advance!