Step 1: Prepare the Computer
anyway on to prepping the computer. your computer should have:
-at least 64MB of RAM (not too hard to get passed that these days)
-an intel or AMD processor (still not too hard)
-a cd-rom drive (still not hard)
-at least 600MB of space (you're going to want more than that since this is a server!)
-and the ability to boot from a CD
-an ethernet port
all in all, most of these requirements are easy to accomplish. since we will be using server edition for this install, this computer won't necessarily need 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, though it would be nice...
Step 2: Get the Operating System
you can download a cd image from this link:
make sure you choose "Server Edition" and select a mirror near you.
to burn the image, download an image burning software like MagicISO, or DVD Decrypter
or you could request free cds, but that takes time... 3-4 weeks to be exact...