How can I virtualize Win2K8 server on a Win7 PC?

Posted on 2012-09-11
Last Modified: 2012-09-18
I need to test a software running on Windows Server 2008.
I have a Windows 7 PC. I do not want to erase Windows 7 and replace it with Windows 2008. Can I virtualize 2008 on 7?

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    You can use any of the following to create a Virtual Envirnoment

    Virtual PC - (Free)
    Vurtual Box - (Free)
    VMWare - (30day Trial)
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    Type 2 Hypervisor Downloads for Windows OS

    VMware Player 4.0 Free Download

    VMware Server 2.0.2 Free Download (discontinued)

    VMware Workstation 8.0 (60 day trial, $199)

    Oracle Virtualbox 4.0

    Parallels Desktop 4 for Windows
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    You CANNOT virtualize 64 bit operating systems in Virtual PC.  Server 2008 R2 is 64 bit only.  If you meant that, then Virtual PC is NOT an option.  I THINK Virtual Box and VMWare both support 64 bit guests.  

    Easier - upgrade to Windows 8 (it is final, though you only have access if you have a volume license, technet, or msdn) and install client Hyper-V on the Win8 Pro/Enterprise version.  (One more thing about client hyper-v - it requires Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) only available in the newest processors (including I THINK all i-series processors by intel and newer AMD processors including (AT LEAST) the FX series - I'm typing this in a VM on Win8 on an FX8120 CPU).
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    By the way, Hyper-V is a MUCH faster Type 1 virtualization platform unlike all the options available for Win7 (they're all slower type 2)

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