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I am considering setting up a home lab using vmware where I can run several servers 2008 R2 and Exchange servers. I was wondering if it is possible to run this on a laptop or do I need to purchase a new desktop computer? Also which VMware product would be best to use?
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You can run on ANY Wintel PC, providing it has Intel-VT or AMD-V, 64bit Processor, a good CPU (Dual or Quad Core) and Plenty of Memory. 8GB or above should suffice.

VMware Workstation 8.0 is a good start, because you can also use it to run Nested Hypervisors, that's to say you can run Hyper-V or ESXi 4.x or ESXi 5.0 on your laptop in a VM on VMware Workstation 8.0 to build a very large lab of shared storage and use all the Enterprise Features of VMware, HA, DRS vMotion Clusters etc.

If you do not have the $199, VMware Player 4.0 is a good alternative.
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if you the HP ProLiant MicroServer is available in your area, with cashback in the UK, this works out, at £104 per server! (which runs ESXi 4.1 or ESXi 5.0!) with 8GB RAM, and you can build a very large cluster with losts of boxes!
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and the HP ProLiant MicroServer only runs at 64 Watts of electricity! (unlike some desktops!)
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