SharePoint: Thoughts on keeping Windows Server costs down

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Microsoft SharePoint
Microsoft Windows 2012
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I want to implement a 3 layer (SP, SQL, IIS) SharePoint 2013 development environment, plus direct access, and keep the costs down by ordering only one copy of Windows 2012 standard. With a regular install I guess this is the normal VMs I will have on Windows 2012: VM1: SQL VM2: SP & DC VM3: IIS & Direct Access VM4: Edge Now, my questions are: 1) Is the Edge server required? Can I replace it with a normal router? 2) by moving things around and installing some roles on windows 8 instead of 2012, can reduce the number of windows 2012 VMs? 3) if moving them to windows 8 is not doable, which roles would you recommend moving to windows 2012 foundation in another physical computer? 4) Another option I thought of was installing ESXI or Hyper-V server 2012, then installing up to 4 Windows 2008 R2 VMs instead (except for Direct Access which again has to go on 2012 foundation) A separate question is: Would I have any reason to get more than 2 x NIC that comes with my Intel DZ77RE-75K motherboard?

Software/Hardware used:
i7-3770, intel DZ77RE-75K, 32GBDDR3 1600, 4xsata3 SSD + 1xsata2 HDD
ASKED: May 9, 2013  8:43 AM
UPDATED: May 9, 2013  12:18 PM

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