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I am interested in becoming learning to administer Windows Server 2008 (and possiby do a MCSE). I need a version to use at home but can't afford to buy it. Is there a free/cheap alternative?

If I wanted to learn Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and do the RHCE) I could download CentOS.

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If you're a student, you can take advantage of Microsoft's DreamSpark program which, if you qualify, gives you a free version. You can also try their virtual labs, test drives, and evaluation copies.

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Microsoft has a program called "DreamSpark". If you are enrolled in college/university you can get free copies of various MS products.

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