windows server 2008

I want to study for win server 2008 certifications.  I need to know:  Where can I find the trial download for win 2008 server?  Can I install it on a win 7 pro 64 bit desktop? If I install it and plug it into my existing network will it interfere with that network if I begin installing and configuring different components?
mkramer777Asked:
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CorinTackNetwork EngineerCommented:
You'll want to make sure of the following things:

1) Any PC you're going to be installing the OS on has supported drivers. Some PC drivers (usually things like NIC card or wireless card drivers in particular) are not always available for the server operating systems.
2) If you attach the server to your network, it can cause issues if you put things like DHCP on the server, as it may start handing out bad addresses to the computers on your existing network.

For the purposes of studying, I would recommend looking into VMware's "VMware Player" product, which will allow you to create virtual machines of the servers you want to work with. That way you can have a virtual network on your computer (provided your PC has enough processor/RAM to handle numerous virtual machines running) without interfering with your existing network.

As far as getting the trial of server products, I would recommend getting them directly from Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11093) as they provide a 180 day evaluation copy you can get for free.
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aspathakCommented:
If you want to get the Win 2K8 certification. For Practice you can take the hands on lab in MS vIrtual Labs.
https://technet.microsoft.com/
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs

For understanding the concepts you can refer to MS Technet site and MSDN blogs.

also you can download the MCP exam dumps for exam practice.

After preparation you can enroll for the required MCP exams from the Prometric site.

Thanks
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CorinTackNetwork EngineerCommented:
While I can agree with the things aspathak said, you'll want to be careful about using exam dumps. It is against Microsoft's policies to allow those, and getting caught using them or contributing to them can, in the worst case, cause you to be unable to become certified in any MS product, as they will blacklist your ability to test.

I have known many people in the past who've claimed to use those anyway, but it is a risk, and so I avoid recommending them.
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rindiCommented:
Why do you want to certify for such an old OS? 2008 server is Vista based. If you want to do a certification, you should rather go for Windows 2008 r2 server at least (windows 7 based), or better 2012 r2 (which is Windows 8.1 based).

Basically if windows 7 64 bit runs on your PC, you will also be able to install and run 2008 r2 on it. If there are no drivers available for the server OS, you can use the Windows 7 drivers. Or if Windows 8.1 64 bit runs on it, you'll be able to run 2012 r2 on that PC.

Depending on what services or features you want to run on your server, you may need to add some RAM, or things will be very slow.

As has been mentioned above, using VMware or VirtualBox could also be an option, but again that would require plenty of RAM, HD space, and a CPU that supports VT technology.
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mkramer777Author Commented:
FYI.  I would be doing cert for win 2008 R2.
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rindiCommented:
Then it should be installable and run on your current PC.
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