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Affordable Sever 2003 or 2008?

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I was just wondering if there is an affordable way to purchase Windows Server 2003 or 2008? I am a college student and I want to build a server to mess around with I was wondering that is a good site or place I would be able to purchase one of the OS from. I do also plan on playing with Linux Server but I want to also give windows a try also.
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post #2 of 18
Windows Home Server $160

Windows Home Server 120-Day Trial

It's Windows 2003 with some corporate stuff missing but a lot of media stuff added. I've got it running on a computer at home for backups and stuff. It also allows me to remote in at any time to computers on the network at my house.
Edited by Modki - 5/23/08 at 5:34am
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post #3 of 18
If you're a college student, check and see if your school is involved with MSDN Academic Alliance. You can get loads of software through them, including Server 2008, for absolutely nothing.
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post #4 of 18
MSDNAA FTW, to be honest. Although you'll have to be enrolled on a computing related course in order to justify it to your institution's respective faculty.
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pm sent
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post #6 of 18
Could try this Microsoft Dreamspark.
I just downloaded server 2003 and got a key for it, for free.
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by K092084 View Post
Could try this Microsoft Dreamspark.
I just downloaded server 2003 and got a key for it, for free.
i would try this as well, i never knew that had this available. Nice find.
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post #8 of 18
never mind
Edited by 003 - 5/23/08 at 11:05pm
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post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by 003 View Post
You can get server 2008 datacenter trial version, and there are some files you delete, and then it never checks to see if it's activated so you can use it forever if you want, 100% genuine and legal. All you're doing is deleting two files that come with the OS. No third party code, hacks, illegal keys, or anything.
That would still be considered hacking I believe and against the ToS.
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Intel i7 6700k Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Intel(R) HD Graphics 530 G.Skill 16GB DDR4-2133 
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Intel i7 6700k Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Intel(R) HD Graphics 530 G.Skill 16GB DDR4-2133 
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post #10 of 18
It's not really different from going into your windows folder and deleting notepad.exe...
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