First things first – If you do not already have a test machine, build one! - Download a trial version of Windows Server 2008 R2 and install it to a capable machine that you can use for study and learning.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Home

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In this post, we will walk through creating a guest virtual machine and the configuration options that are available. We will also talk about the different kinds of Virtual Hard Drive (.VHD) that can be created and when to use certain types.

Remember, I am not giving you answer to test questions with this guide. I am supplying you with basic knowledge and resources you can use to increase your skill set. You will have to install and work with the product to pick up the skills necessary to take and pass the 70-659 Exam. I have done my best to link to a Source article or other supporting information where I can to assist you with learning key concepts.

*** Please Note *** Many of the linked articles and supporting information will reference Service Pack 1 Features on RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. It is important to understand these features though they may not be on the exam. Study Guide!

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For this post I decided to do a video and post it to my friend Joe’s YouTube channel. I will also submit this video to TechNet Edge.

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For each successive post, I will add links to the series -

Passing the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Exam (70-659) – Part 1

Passing the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Exam (70-659) – Part 2

Passing the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Exam (70-659) – Part 3

Installing and Configuring Host and Parent Settings.

Passing the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Exam (70-659) – Part 4 – This Post

Creating a new Guest Virtual Machine and available configuration options

Passing the Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Exam (70-659) – Part 5 – Coming Up!

Exploring .VHD file types and why to use them

For the next post I will dive into the different types of .VHD files that can be created and why/when you will want to use them.

Cheers!