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    A couple of starter questions regarding Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

    Hello,

    I can obtain a copy of this (and really any other Windows Server edition) through dreamspark and have a few questions. I am a complete noob with servers and want to make sure that what I am wanting is even possible before I plunge head first. I'd like to be able to do the following:

    Access my files from anywhere
    Create virtualized environments on the fly
    Be able to RDP into these VMs externally
    Run a plex server 24/7

    I have a desktop that was built in 2010 available for use with a 2600k, 120gb SSD, several large data drives, and 8gb of RAM. I am currently using this PC as an HTPC but would like to expand its capabilities. These are the projects I would like to work on first, with the potential to tinker more later. Does this sound like a decent job for Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter?

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    You can access your files from anywhere without a server, just install TeamViewer on your PC.
    You can create virtualized environments on your PC with any of the free VM software packages (VMware Player, VirtuallBox etc), or do it on the machine with a "type 1" hypervisor.
    RDP via TeamViewer or MS Remote Desktop. Nothing special required here.
    Plex server can run on your PC, don't need a dedicated box.

    I'd install VirtualBox and play with VMs before going anywhere near Windows Server.
    To run a VM on your machine you really need a CPU that supports virtualization. What CPU do you have?

    cheers, Paul
    Last edited by Paul T; 2015-12-22 at 02:00.

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    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavy View Post

    Thank you both for the feedback. I guess the main thing I am looking for is a reason to play around with Windows Server. While we are on the topic, what uses do you see for having a windows server at home?

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    None, unless you want to learn it for work. Even then it's hard to get into the depths because you don't have the other systems that go with a large network.

    cheers, Paul

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