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I work in a distibuted environment, and I would like to setup a domain controller. I don't really want a full blown desktop running full time, just to handle requests from 1 client pc in my home office.

I was wondering do you get any specialized boxes which are specifically used as windows based domain controllers, something like those small modern NAS servers?

I need real domain functionality for testing, so it can't be light weight or watered down.

Might sound a bit off the wall, but I would like to just have a device like a router, I could rdc in when required, but it would only be a Windows 2008 r2 domain controller. And support upgrading to future versions.

Does such a solution exists. I don't want my study to be turned into a server room. Thanks

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You seem like a good candidate for an HP ProLiant Microserver....



It's pretty tiny, has four hot-swap bays and is more than robust enough for your application. A good number of people have used them as Solaris ZFS NAS appliances. There's also a thread for owners of the device detailing their experiences here.

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That server literally dropped out of the sky from God :) – JL. Jan 28 '11 at 0:46
Do you think these specs can keep up with advanced testing AD - Report smallest size savings for office work and for basic home use, D510 CPU Intel Atom 1.66GHz dual-core, 320GB SATA HDD, 2GB DDR2, VGA int. GMA 3150 – JL. Jan 28 '11 at 0:52
That server is more powerful than the DC machines that I had in my first Win2k domain. You'll be fine. – mfinni Jan 28 '11 at 2:41

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