On impulse, I bought a Lenovo ThinkServer at NewEgg. It’s a dinky little Xeon E3-1225 server in a mini-tower case. (I don’t keep up with processors anymore, so I have no idea where the Xeon E3-1225 fits on the spectrum of processors, but considering the whole box was only $369, I assume near the bottom.)
Why would I buy a ThinkServer you ask? I was using my gaming PC to experiment with some MSDN software that I’d installed on a VirtualBox image of Windows 2012 R2, and I just didn’t have the computing oomph to handle it. My gaming PC can play some mean games, but it’s crap at virtualization. So I saw this ThinkServer sitting on NewEgg with decent reviews and clicked right on that Buy button. (I also bought 16GB of memory to go with it.)
If I’m not mistaken, this is quite literally the first time I’ve ever bought a pre-built [desktop] Windows PC. Every single time I’ve upgraded a PC before, I’ve bought parts and installed them myself, because it’s a lot cheaper to do it that way. This time I was delighted to simply pull the ThinkServer out of the shipping box, plug in the peripherals, and turn it on.
Then of course I discovered I had no way to burn an image of Windows Server 2012 R2 onto a DVD. I only have a DVD burner in my clunky 17″ laptop, so I wrestled it over to an outlet (because the battery was dead) and discovered that 2012 R2 is too big for a regular old DVD. Then I had to dig up an old 80GB USB hard drive to install it on.
Anyway now I have a new installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 ready for action. I’m thinking about taking some Microsoft exams so I needed a place to practice. Now to see if I can figure out how to use Windows Hyper-V.