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Windows and SCCM 2012 lab software

Im trying to build a lab, I need SCCM 2012, windows 2012, windows 2008 , SQL etc etc

Is there a way to download evaluation copies enough to setup a lab on VMware workstation?
If yes then where would i download these from?
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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
as far as i know, you need a serial to install windows!
here is SQL Server 2012 SP1, i don't know if they require serial at setup or they have evaluation 30 day option

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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
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Ikky786Author Commented:
oh theres two version of SCCM.

can somebody please tell me the difference?
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
SCCM 2012 R2 is an update on SCCM 2012 SP1

more info: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn236351.aspx
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Trials of everything is available.  You will need a hefty machine 16G to 32G of ram or more, 8G doesn't cut it at all..
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
You could opt to test this in the cloud, Azure has a trial offer for a month available, there are several blogs, articles on the Internet guiding you through the setup of testing SCCM in the cloud.

Here is the link for the free Azure Trial: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/

This is a link to an official SCCM in the cloud doc: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinremde/archive/2013/05/22/cloud-based-sccm-distribution-point-why-yes-20-key-scenarios-with-windows-azure-infrastructure-services.aspx

There are others, but I can't link to them because of policy.
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

In direct answer to your question:

Yes, there is a source for all evaluation software for a lab. It's Microsoft. When they scrapped TechNet they switched to offering 180 day evil copies for everything in ISO, VHD or Azure format.

The MS eval home page is here:

You will need:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Datacentre only differs in licensing model)
Windows 2008R2 (as you said)
System Center 2012 SP1 R1
SQL 2012 Standard
Windows 7 or 8.1 (not much point having SCCM without some clients to play with!)
Finally I would use Hyper-V to host everything rather than VMWare workstation. You are going to need all the RAM and disk IO you can muster to run enterprise software. VM workstation is great but hogs resources (having used 6 and 7).
You also need 16GB of RAM as mentioned. You can get away with 8 but not for long, as the databases grow.

There are some good online walkthroughs and Microsoft "test lab guides" for just this purpose:

Ikky786Author Commented:
I have a DELL poweredge 1950 server with 8 gig ram, can I run all of that on it or would I need more ram?
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

You will need more RAM as previously said. A DELL poweredge 1950 can take 32GB max.
You can try this for now:

DC x 1                        512MB - 1GB
SCCM + SQL x 1.          6GB
A client x 1                 1GB

I have something similar but last time I used it, SCCM was using more and maxed out my machine so I could start the W7 VM.

You can by all means start and study everything (as I guess that's your reason), and just see how it goes. I've upgraded my system to 16GB but as I want to create a SCOM lab too am thinking I need 32GB after all.
Note: a 32GB machine with SSDs can host >50K clients, so it's not just RAM.
You will need fast, big disks too.

I recommend you check out a video SQL and ConfigMgr as they cover taming SQL a little, and the best way to install it.

Ikky786Author Commented:
sorry to bug again but would you have a link to the video?

And how can we host >50k clients? whats so special about solid state drives?
Mike TLeading EngineerCommented:

Sorry -  was busy to dig the link, here is one:

@5.30 they mention running 155K system on a 32GB lab, but as is mentioned this is not a bedroom lab, it's a full on server room bigger than most companies.

Later on Brian mentions using a laptop with 16GB, which is what I was referring to. Bear in mind these are professional MVPs demo'ing things, not running any business. It's an example that yes, memory is key, but not the only factor.

As for SSDs, the answer is raw speed. An SSD will be faster than most enterprise RAID hardware.
The problem for you is cost. You will need 500GB or 1TB for the VMs, and I doubt you can justify the price of 500GB SSD.

When you start reading up, all the material says to use RAID 10 too, which for a lab is out of the question too.

In short, get more RAM and the biggest disks you can. RAID 5 them if you can (3 disks min) and start your journey,

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