Choices, choices: What would you do?

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asked Feb 7, 2011 by David (3,306 points)
In my office I am currently running two desktops. One is running Windows 7 and it's my graphics machine. I use it daily for updating my website as well as other day to day operations. My second one is running Windows XP for legacy programs that won't run on W7. I use it roughly 2 to 3 times a month. My office just bought me a new graphics machine for my primary. The one I have now is in better shape than the one running XP. I have the choice to keep all three or downgrade my current W7 machine to XP to run legacy programs. I was thinking about keeping all 3 and using the current machine as a development machine and possibly a console for remote server access. What do you think?

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answered Feb 7, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
I'd partition the drive of the current machine and put Windows 7 on one partition and XP on the other. That way if you ever need to go back to 7 (like if the new machine has an issue) you can.

Then the machine that currently has XP on it, I'd make it a server.
commented Feb 7, 2011 by David (3,306 points)
I like the way you think. Great ideas.
commented Mar 2, 2011 by David (3,306 points)
Great ideas from everyone. I am going to partition it like you said however I think I'm gonna run Linux on one of the partitions. Thanks for the idea.
commented Mar 2, 2011 by Rizzy (4,401 points)
I agree with DuoDave, and also JayKay3000. You could run it as a dual boot, or run it as a VM. Makes more sense both ways to use the same machine, instead of having to use two, maintain both of them, and have two different workspaces.
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answered Feb 8, 2011 by KylePolansky (1,956 points)
I like the idea about making the XP machine into a VM. From the sounds of it you don't use it all that much. Unless your XP box is doing intense graphical stuff, I think this is the best idea. You can use your XP computer alongside your Win7 computer, and you don't have to worry about a second computer. If you are doing lots of graphics, I would choose the dual boot option.

If you do make a VM and you have problems with the shares, make sure you look at the network settings. I don't have any VM's on this computer, but there are usually options to share an internet connection with your host computer only, use the same IP as the host computer, or assign the VM with its own IP. Make sure you choose the last one, it will act just like a normal computer on your workgroup/domain.

For a server computer, I would choose your 2nd best computer, and make that a dedicated server. If you can get a copy of Windows Server, it has all the components you should need for a server computer. I would not put a server in a VM, because it would have to be running all the time, and if you ever have to reboot the main OS, the server shuts down as well. Another cool thing about servers, is that you can enable RDP, and just leave it run in a corner with a power cord, and internet cable. Then just use it through remote desktop connection.
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