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If I had a 500 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD installed on one computer, could I use the 1 TB HDD as a dedicated server using Linux Mint or Ubuntu Server Edition as the OS?

Then on my 500 GB SSD I could install my Windows 7 basically setting up a dual-boot. But would the server still be active (like me and others can still access it), while I'm on my other OS or would I have to setup a virtual machine within windows to run it and still keep the Linux Mint/Ubuntu Server edition in the 1 TB HDD?

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Please edit and delete some of the questions inside your post here and ask questions about the separate topics in separate questions. A question should contain only one topic – rubo77 Feb 2 '13 at 22:49
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You would need to set up a VM to run two operating systems at the same time. A computer can only run a single primary OS at once; anything else has to be on a virtual machine.

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Would I still be able to keep the linux in the 1tb HDD using the virual Machine and windows 7 on the 500gb SSD? – coffeya Feb 2 '13 at 22:33
I'm not absolutely sure, but you might want to check this out. – cpast Feb 2 '13 at 22:35
Virtual machines can be assigned to physical disks, so you would be able to have that set up – Keltari Feb 2 '13 at 23:14

The term dedicated server implies a virtual or physical machine that is set aside to solely run a set of services. The combination of purposes workstation and server would make the server non-dedicated.

A dedicated server may not be on the same machine as a workstation.

You could put a dedicated game server (such as HLDS) on a workstation without any trouble, but it would not be dedicated in the strict sense of the word.

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