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Windows 7: Best way to get Windows Server 2008 R2 for home use

21 Mar 2012   #1

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 
Best way to get Windows Server 2008 R2 for home use

The Microsoft website is mostly geared for corporates, so how does a home user get a copy of Windows Server R2?

I want to use it for Sharepoint 2010 Foundation self training as I am interested in learning more about multi tenancy.

Is there a cost effective way I can achieve this?

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22 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jnevans View Post
The Microsoft website is mostly geared for corporates, so how does a home user get a copy of Windows Server R2?

I want to use it for Sharepoint 2010 Foundation self training as I am interested in learning more about multi tenancy.

Is there a cost effective way I can achieve this?

Welcome to the Windows 7 forums Jnevans.

Microsoft has a trial version of server 2008r2 at

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

that page should give you a start, Also you can buy windows home server
which might do what you need.

Rich
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22 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The trial version is your cheapest way to do it. The trial software runs for either 90 or 180 days, i forget which. At the end of that period, you can simply reinstall it.

The second option would be to invest in a technet subscription. This would cost you $199 for a year, but you get keys and software downloads for tons of stuff (all windows clients (xp, vista, 7) and all versions (standard, pro, ultimate), and you get office (2007/2010) and you get the server software (server 2003/2008/SQL/Exchange). It's an absolute bargain for the price.
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