which would be a better option (Installation regarding to opensuse and windows server 2008

right now, my machine runs ubuntu 10.10
due to work issue, i need to use windows server 2008 R2 (its a windows exclusive company)
but i never used any of the active directory or anything from the windows server (only experience with windows is visual studio and those GAMES!), so i figure i need to practice a bit on my own b4 starting the job and just at the same time I found out as a univ student i get it for free! :wink:
And plus, I am finding opensuse a better option for me than ubuntu
So im wondering what i should do regarding these 2 systems
here s some option
1). Install openSuse 11.4, and install VirtualBox and use windows server 2008 R2 on vbox
2). Install windows server 2008 R2 and then install openSuse alongside with it
3). Install windows server 2008 R2 and install openSuse in virtualBox

I have been using linux as my primary OS for more than a year now and I rlly need it for both school and my own entertainment.
So wondering which option would best work out for me

wat are your opinions?

PS: my machine is about 2 years ago
a Dell laptop, with core 2 duo p8700 (2.53ghz) 4GB ram, and nvidia gfx, which even tho is still fast, but isnt rlly that snappy when it comes to virtualization
even running xp in a virtual machine is quite laggy at times :S

For pure practice installing 2008 in a VM might be fine. The downside is the a VM sees Virtual hardware. So things may be a bit different with real hardware. But then again I doubt you have the same hardware that you will encounter on your job. Sooo if the purpose is the get comfortable with the interface a VM is just dandy. IMHO

yeah i think a virtual machine solution is better suited for my purpose
its just im kinda worred about the performance, as even xp doesnt run that well on virtual machine

but something random, I had no idea until today that Microsoft is so generous towards students
U get windows sever 2008 both the original and R2 and Visual studio 2010 professional at no cost just for attending an university
sooooo sweet :wink:

Yes but M$ will do anything to get you hooked … Then you pay forever after!

Only you can decide what you want, but running server software on a workstation isn’t that secure as well as being an overkill for normal usage. Your server should be a server and the workstation can get trashed without bringing the system down.
Why not just dual boot?

yes, that actually will give me the best performance
but 2008 R2 requires a whopping 32GB at least storage to just install
i imagine to use it properly it d likely need something more than 50GB or even 60GB
as my hdd is only 250, i dont wanna give that much spare space to something i dont even use primarily
with virtual machine, i get to have a dynamically sized virtual disk, which only takes as much space as it gets
But with that, it mostly comes at a price of sluggish performance, which i dont know if i can withstand (rlly hate system running slow on me :frowning: )
and my ubuntu installation has some memory leaking problem (i have too many PPA’s…sigh…), RAM may be an issue in this case also (in case i dont switch to opensuse on my dell lappy), as windows server 2008 R2 asks for at least 2GB for optimal performance

Well RAM is an issue since you run 2 OS’s at the same time and if you don’t have enough (RAM or VM) then you will get swapping. So I would not expect this to run as a real installation but to learn the layout and setup of the controls and settings wich a expect is your goal. I mean you really don’t expect to run a server off your laptop, right? :slight_smile:

due to work issue, i need to use windows server 2008 R2 (its a windows exclusive company)

The more important issue for you may be “what will the IT policy at work allow”. There’s little point in configuring your PC to your own preferences if doing so might jeopardize your ability to earn a living and/or establish a good rapport with a new employer.

I’d suggest you check with the IT folks at your new company before doing anything.

Hey, this thread has been most useful. Thanks for sharing the discussion.