Virtualized eggs

On February 17, 2010, in Virtualization, by

Saw an interesting post….”Yes I use HyperV in production but not with sbs2008. I would think that you would be putting one too many eggs in the basket

Which I don’t quite get.  First off we joke that SBS 2008 is a lot of eggs in one basket and if we put it on a piece of hardware, there’s my basket.  The reason that I personally virtualized it was that it gave me flexibility in hardware, and the ultimate in remote management.

If I need another server for any business reason I’m not scrambing for hardware to stand one up.  If I want to make copies of the vhd’s and move to the Home HyperV for testing I can.  If, in the case of when I did this at the office, I want to use the box and a complete trial run of migration, it makes a perfect test platform.  Bottom line, I prefer my basket of eggs virtualized these days.


2 Responses to Virtualized eggs

  1. Joe Raby says:

    Big oops on my part: I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 from my Action Pack, but didn’t bother putting in a product key at the time.

    Find out later, R2 is offered as Enterprise, instead of the usual Standard version, as was the way with 08 “R1”. DOH!

    My SBS 2008 is virtualized on it, so I don’t have to do the whole reinstall of SBS just to fix this mix up.

    …wouldn’t have this problem if I just installed SBS on the hardware, but at least I can move the VM to a new server later down the road if I need to.

    Here’s a tip for R2 users running natively though: Try containing a complex file system for data storage inside a VHD to make backups and portability easier, and just mount it on the file system using Disk Management.

    Now if only Exchange and SharePoint data storage was that simplified….Moving from one native install to another would be a snap.

    BTW: I asked for the ability to mount VHD’s, and for WDS to support VHD deployment. Windows Server 2008 R2 was my idea! 😉

  2. Dixon Robertson says:

    I get it–“scrambling for hardware” for your “virtualized eggs.” You are so punny, you.