Windows Server 2008 R2 in Mac Mini 2011

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by iverieli2011, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I tried to install Server 2008 R2 on my mac mini 2011 model, has i5 Intel via bootcamp, tried many ways, like AIK disc and etc but no luck.

    Has someone successfully managed and installed server 2008?

    Please if anyone has an idea or knows some resources let me know.

  2. macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2012
    I got Windows Server 2008 R2 installed on two Mac Mini Core i5 2.3GHz models, and they're working pretty good. Here's my setup:

    Mac Mini Core i5 2.3GHz
    - Upgraded RAM to 8GB
    - Upgraded hard drive to 7200RPM. The entire hard drive is formatted as NTFS (no Mac HFS+ partition).

    I use one computer as an Active Directory domain controller plus other services, and the other computer for Exchange 2010 mail server.

    If you're only using the computer as a domain controller, then 4GB of RAM should be enough, and you probably don't have to upgrade your hard drive either. If you decided to install Windows Server Update Service, then you might want to upgrade your RAM to 8GB. If you want to install Exchange 2010 then you definitely will need to upgrade your RAM.

  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    Thanks for reply Brian but I need to have dual boot, I am mac user and using Mac OS X all the time when I'm at home.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2011
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    Have you looked at Parallels Mac Mini Server 4.0? That's what I was planning on doing. Anyone tried this?
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2012
    I have not tried it, but it seem to be similar to VMware and Hyper-V, so I think it will work. Running two OS concurrently on the Mac Mini will probably be slow.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2011

    Hey Brian is there a guide for those who do not know how to do this?
    This is exactly what I want to do unless someone knows of another brand machine that is as cool, efficient and small as the mac mini I want to buy a brand new mac mini to run sufficient windows 2008 server stuff do create a learning test bed for data warehousing/BI = server 2008R2, SQL server 2008R2, analysis services etc. A mini server has the quad core processor but with memory upgrade would prove expensive, would the base line mini with 8G RAM do it?


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