Server 2003 on a Pentium Pro

A while back I received a few old servers to use in my classroom.  The oldest one was a Pentium Pro.  The Pentium Pro is an x86 processor produced in between the Pentium and the Pentium II.  It ran at 150 or 200MHz and had a front side bus of 60 or 66MHz.


My plan was to try to install Windows Server 2003 on the machine.  The minimum specifications for Server 2003 state that it can run on a processor of at least 133MHz, Pentium Pro or newer.  However, 550MHz is recommended.  It also requires at least 128MB of RAM.  This machine has 32 SIMMs, each with 32MB of RAM for a total of 1GB.  I know these specs are ridiculously horrible, but that is part of the fun.

I am pleased to announce that I successfully installed Windows Server 2003 on the machine and it has been running stable for about 3 weeks now.  I did a number of performance tweaks on it and now it is not running that badly.  What a fun experiment.

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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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