Learning Windows Server
This learning path is designed to help prepare you to install and configure Windows Server 2012 (and Windows Server 2012 R2) in a production environment. This path can also help you prepare to take Microsoft’s 70-410 exam. Note that exam preparation should include both formal training and hands-on experience. We strongly recommend that you pair your Pluralsight training with ample hands-on experience in a production environment.
Learning path objective:
This course focuses on the entry-level skills needed to install and configure Windows Serve 2012 (including Windows Server 2012R2).
This learning path is intended for Microsoft IT Professionals seeking certification, as well as basic job skills applicable to administration in a Microsoft client/server environment.
Revised 70-410 exam:
The following courses have been published:
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Practice and learn Windows Server 2003 at home.
The above statement seems pretty fair - while the basic principles of Active Directory have not changed much the later OSs all have their various refinements - it would seem sensible to learn the most recent version.
To virtualise a 64bit OS such as 2008R2 or 2012 you will need a 64bit machine and host OS such as Win7(64) or Win8(64) and a BIOS that supports virtualisation - and of course you need enough memory to support both the host OS and any guest OSs that you plan to run.
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There is a trial version of windows 2003 available. You can test the windows server for free. Check out the following webpage for further details.
If you don't have a spare PC, you might try to install it in a virtual PC. I have successfully installed windows 2003 server trial in a VirtualBox on a notebook running Windows XP.