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May 24, 2011, 05:16:44 PM
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Looking for a Windows Based Solution for a Mine Server Farm?  Use Hyper-V its free!!!
I have done a video showing off my server farm hashing away.

I'm new to this community of bitcoins but the second I heard of it I was hooked.  I have a channel (Click here) on YouTube teaching people to save in gold and silver and one of my viewers asked me 2 months ago what I though about bitcoins.  Today I am running a server farm so you can guess what I think.  I'm a software developer and I will be doing a lot of work on bitcoins trying to make it big.

If you are looking to use Windows and don't want to pay for licences then use Hyper-V OS to run the mining software it's free!
Download your hyperv server farm for free (for now  Grin Grin)

   Version 0.01 May 23.
   May 26, 2011 Update: I have added instructions on how to deploy the VHD file to a USB.

This link will take you to a full download of an install of hyper-V.  Just install it on a USB drive using the instructions here.

All the software needed to run your GPU mining farm is preinstalled and ready to rumble.  There is even a menu to add and delete miners that will auto start when the computer boots up.
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May 24, 2011, 05:20:26 PM
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Lol, I LOVE the happy lady at the computer picture on the front page.  I'm not sure if that is purposefully sarcastic and a jab at all of those tech companies that have similar images on their homepages, but it should be.  Tongue

Call me interested though, because I'm not a big linux fan.

Can you tell me more about Hyper-V?  Why is it free?  What Windows edition is it based on?  And it says "You can install a virtual copy of Windows onto the Hyper-V server".  Does that mean that Hyper-V is not a windows installation, it is just a platform for installing Windows on?

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May 24, 2011, 05:27:33 PM
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Hyper-V is (the latest version) is really just Windows Server Core 2008 R2 with everything striped out except visualization.  You can not create users you can't share folders etc.  You will not be installing another version of windows on top of hyper-v as most people think you will be using hyper-v as the OS.

It has everything you need to do the mining without purchasing a Windows license.

The download is all the software installed on Hyper-v for you to do the mining all you need to do is install it on an HD or USB and boot it up.

The install onto a USB or HD will be difficult but worth it.

I will provide an application that will make that a simple processes in the future.

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May 24, 2011, 05:29:40 PM
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Thanks, that makes sense!

Now I wasn't able to get graphics drivers working in my version of Server 2008... but if you say you have a working setup, maybe I'll give it a try on the rig I am putting together tonight.
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May 24, 2011, 05:41:09 PM
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Im not quite following, Hyper-v is a microsofts latest virtual machine hypervisor which means you still need the actually OS to install on the hypervisor.

All I can assume is that this torrent includes Hyper-v (cracked/keygend?) and a preinstalled OS(cracked/keygend?) which kind of defeats the purpose of the topic, "FREE WINDOWS OS"


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May 24, 2011, 05:47:10 PM
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hardly its "free".
you can conclude "free" derivatives of commercial OS'es from Redmond is case:
1. its beta/rc/try-out version.
2 WindowsPE image[with session time-out/uptime limitation].
3. volume license for science["Open" ?&derivatives].

anway, if you need "free" OS, need OS for BTC mining, is way  simpler choice  of OS, named "GNU/Linux".
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May 24, 2011, 05:48:58 PM
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Like I said Basiley, I'm not a fan of linux.

I'll just use the extra Vista Business OEM license I have.
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May 24, 2011, 06:04:09 PM
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Really cannot see the point in this.

Just use Linux. No need for dummy VGA plugs and also no 4 GPU limit !
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May 24, 2011, 06:05:19 PM
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Like I said Basiley, I'm not a fan of linux.

I'll just use the extra Vista Business OEM license I have.
then, its illegal copy.
you can't "have"/deploy  OEM/OEI licensed Windows, unless you OEM/OEI partner of MS or their client.
starter edition cost from $40 and Basic - from $70.
some people spend more for lunch/breakfast.
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May 24, 2011, 06:08:21 PM
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Like I said Basiley, I'm not a fan of linux.

I'll just use the extra Vista Business OEM license I have.
then, its illegal copy.
you can't "have"/deploy  OEM/OEI licensed Windows, unless you OEM/OEI partner of MS or their client.
starter edition cost from $40 and Basic - from $70.
some people spend more for lunch/breakfast.

LOL Microsoft are losing money with piracy = not good for them !
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May 24, 2011, 06:14:16 PM
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Like I said Basiley, I'm not a fan of linux.

I'll just use the extra Vista Business OEM license I have.
then, its illegal copy.
you can't "have"/deploy  OEM/OEI licensed Windows, unless you OEM/OEI partner of MS or their client.
starter edition cost from $40 and Basic - from $70.
some people spend more for lunch/breakfast.

LOL Microsoft are losing money with piracy = not good for them !
hardly.
"piracy" is just part of strategy, form of damping, along with OEM enforcement and etc, aimed to competitors suppresion.
point is, if you start pirating something, why bother with such methods?
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May 24, 2011, 07:22:09 PM
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Im not quite following, Hyper-v is a microsofts latest virtual machine hypervisor which means you still need the actually OS to install on the hypervisor.

All I can assume is that this torrent includes Hyper-v (cracked/keygend?) and a preinstalled OS(cracked/keygend?) which kind of defeats the purpose of the topic, "FREE WINDOWS OS"



You are confused Hyper-v is Like ESXi both are free operating systems used for running virtual machines.  The companies hope you will upgrade to their higher end products and MS gets the licensing from the installed virtual machines.

Since you are NOT installing Virtual Machines you do not need to pay for anything.

GO  LOOK UP Hyper-v you will see it's free.

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May 24, 2011, 07:54:57 PM
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@DavinciJ15 Yeah I have been watching your videos on bitcoins and rigs and what not, didn't you say in the future you would be selling software or rigs? or am i mistaken?
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May 24, 2011, 08:06:44 PM
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What exactly did you do to hyper-v so you wont have to install a working OS to run a miner?

Most mining rigs have lowbudget cpus and most of the entry level cpus havnt even got any VT-x instruction sets anymore(it used to be supported by nearly all cpus), so for these cpu's neither hyper-v nor ESXi would be installable, both require at minimum VT-x or VT support.

Hyper-v and ESXi is a hypervisor, acts as a layer between real hardware and running OS, so my question again, what OS is this running and if its Windows as your topic suggest then its not FREE, you pay for windows.


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May 24, 2011, 08:16:01 PM
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Wouldn't running a miner on a VM only slow things down? Why not run a bare-metal always-free Linux miner?

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May 24, 2011, 08:33:31 PM
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ROFL. You ppl are funny. OP is trying to help, and for those who are more used to and comfy with windows vs. linux this is probably a good thing. When  I get home later tonight I'll d/l this and put it on one of my rigs to see. I like the idea of windows from usb, and personally would rather use that than say linuxcoin (which I have and have played around with some).

Now if you really want a full windows os to mine with, simply go d/l whatever flavor of windows 7 you want, install it, and don't activate. Use the 'slgmgr -rearm' trick a few times and then after those expire and windows tells you that it isnt genuine anymore....KEEP MINING! I can personally attest to windows 7 ultimate x64 works just fine for mining after it decides it is not genuine. Also, it is powered by a little atom board and 2gb of memory, and works just fine for mining and for a NAS Wink
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May 24, 2011, 08:41:23 PM
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Wouldn't running a miner on a VM only slow things down? Why not run a bare-metal always-free Linux miner?

I don't think he is running a full Windows OS in a VM, he is just running the Free Hyper-V Server (http://www.microsoft.com/hyper-v-server/en/us/default.aspx) and has figured out how to install miner software on top of that. It should run very lean as there is for the most part a very limited GUI and a command prompt. Sounds interesting, I might have to "play".

Although if you are looking for an inexpensive way to get MS licenses, get a TechNet Subscription. Full legit versions for your "testing/lab".
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May 24, 2011, 08:43:47 PM
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Wouldn't running a miner on a VM only slow things down? Why not run a bare-metal always-free Linux miner?

You can use the "first instance" of the Hyper-V-Server, no VMs needed.

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Is it right, that Server2k8 has the same 4 GPU limit like Win7?
My GPUs aren't delivered jet.
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May 24, 2011, 08:48:12 PM
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Wouldn't running a miner on a VM only slow things down? Why not run a bare-metal always-free Linux miner?

You can use the "first instance" of the Hyper-V-Server, no VMs needed.

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Is it right, that Server2k8 has the same 4 GPU limit like Win7?
My GPUs aren't delivered jet.

This is exactly why I asked if he is running it on the hyper-v OS (essentially the hypervisor software is an OS) but it comes without a gui, if that is the case this thread doesnt make sense, people could just use a linux based miner from the get-go.

From my understand this thread would make sense if he somehow figured out a legal free windows OS on hyper-v, that part I dont get from this thread.

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May 24, 2011, 08:56:30 PM
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Wouldn't running a miner on a VM only slow things down? Why not run a bare-metal always-free Linux miner?

You can use the "first instance" of the Hyper-V-Server, no VMs needed.

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Is it right, that Server2k8 has the same 4 GPU limit like Win7?
My GPUs aren't delivered jet.

This is exactly why I asked if he is running it on the hyper-v OS (essentially the hypervisor software is an OS) but it comes without a gui, if that is the case this thread doesnt make sense, people could just use a linux based miner from the get-go.

From my understand this thread would make sense if he somehow figured out a legal free windows OS on hyper-v, that part I dont get from this thread.

But you can control Hyper-V from another windows pc with the GUI   Wink
And yes, Linux may make sense.  Grin
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