Cheapest way to run SBS 2011 in Hyper V revisited

So a comment about the post about the cheapest way to install SBS 2011 in Hyper V.


What about Hyper-V Core R2 and Core Configurator 2.0 from Codeplex if you don’t care for CL? I’ve been using that setup and it works quite well.


True.  But you have to discuss with your client the “hit by a bus” factor.  Let’s be realistic, there are some var/vaps that either don’t do much windows core stuff, or perhaps are more vmware religious, so the issue I think about from the business owner view is that whatever platform I settle on, I want to make sure that if I need to hire consultants that they can pick up the platform somewhat easily.  I know that I personally feel more comfortable on a SMB server that isn’t in a datacenter that the parent partition is a full gui should something hork up for some reason.  Not to mention you can put the hardware vendor management software on it.


Bottom line  it’s the marriage between what YOU do well and what the client is comfy with too.

3 Thoughts on “Cheapest way to run SBS 2011 in Hyper V revisited

  1. Greg Brewer on November 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm said:

    Susan, are you saying that a compentent consultant couldnt pick up Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 easily? Is having to use the command line, powershell, and remote administration really a “Hit by a bus” issue? Given that it sems to be by far the cheapest way to run SBS 2011 in Hyper-V maybe more consultants will become more familiar with Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 which will be a great thing for clients.

  2. bradley on November 21, 2010 at 9:50 pm said:

    In my opinion it is a hit by a bus issue.

  3. While most MS type consultants love a GUI I do think it’s our responsibility to really understand what’s going on under the skin and be able to deal with Server Core in a real world situation. Sure, the vendors don’t make it easy but most things are possible and there’s no reason why we should be able to manage Core as a reliable parent OS – I just think we’re getting complacent.

    Install OpenManage on Server Core:
    http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Installing+Dell+OpenManage+on+WS08+Server+Core

    I can’t find a similar link for HP but maybe someone else can?

    PS. Your Captcha doesn’t seem to work in Chrome…

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