Lately there seems to be an increasing number of people that want to run Windows 2008 R2 Server as their primary OS on their laptop or desktop systems as opposed to Windows Vista or Windows 7. I’ve been doing this for some time now, and I thought I’d share my experience. I first started out running Windows 2008 about 2 years ago and then when I received a new laptop at work, I moved to Windows 2008 R2. There are many good web sites out there that give you information on how to do this, and much of what I have learned in this process has come from reading those sites and experimenting with various setups. The following 2 sites in particular have a lot of good information: http://www.win2008r2workstation.com/ and http://www.win2008workstation.com/ The first question is probably why would anyone want to do this? I suppose everyone has their own reasoning – but mine was a practical one. The nature of my work makes having a test lab indispensible.
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Using Windows 2008 R2 as a workstation (and a lab)