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Can I load Server 2008 on a brand new laptop?

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I want to max out a new laptop hardware wise and load VMWare along with Server 2008, Vista and 7 so that I can get used to how the server interacts with 7 and Vista.

Will I experience any problems?  I know the OS is designed to run on a server...but was just wondering if it was completely out of the question.  
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As long as it meets the system requirements ( http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx ) and you have drivers for all its components it should be fine.

You may want to consider the other way around and have windows 7 as the host + vmware workstation and run the other OS's inside it ?
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This should work if you have a high spec laptop,
I would install 2008 server as the host then put vmware on top to host my clients.

Also check on www.vmware.com for a "hyper visor" to test if your PC can handle ESXi of which you can use as the host and the install 2008, vista and win 7 as virtual machines.


It is awesome I have it on my PC i7 12GB of ram it is cool.
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Yes you can. I've used my Windows 7 laptop with 8 GB of RAM and ran 2 servers with no trouble. Windows 2008 will certainly run in a VM envrionment on your laptop. I wouldn't recommend the ESX route unless you intent on dedicating that laptop to just the VM host. You can't use Windows on an ESX host; you'd need a second computer to interact.

12 GB of RAM, ehh?? I'm jealous...
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