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Setting up Hyper-V on a server with Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Windows Server 2003

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  • We purchased an HP ML150 G6 ProLiant to upgrade from SBS 2003 Premium to SBS 2011 Standard. (We don't require SQL any more). I was reading in a book that it makes good sense to run the server using Hyper-V. We want to upgrade to SBS 2011 Standard but also still need to have Windows Server 2003 (NOT SBS) running together. What is involved in setting up the server to run both of these servers in Hyper-V on the HP ProLiant? Or is this really the way to go?

    Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:42 PM

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  • You'll need to either use the free 2008 R2 Server Core or buy another copy of Server 2008 R2 to be the parent for Hyper-V. Make sure you have plenty of memory (probably at least 16-24 GB).

    Steve

    <TRI-C> wrote in message news:0977b940-674d-4920-b59b-0bf9542a4b8b@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    We purchased an HP ML150 G6 ProLiant to upgrade from SBS 2003 Premium to SBS 2011 Standard. (We don't require SQL any more). I was reading in a book that it makes good sense to run the server using Hyper-V. We want to upgrade to SBS 2011 Standard but also still need to have Windows Server 2003 (NOT SBS) running together. What is involved in setting up the server to run both of these servers in Hyper-V on the HP ProLiant? Or is this really the way to go?

    Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:50 PM
  • SBS2011 does not include 1+1 licensing to enable a Full Server 2008 R2 instance as the VM Parent / Host OS.

    You can either use the Free but limited Hyper-V server, purchase a seperate copy of Server 2008 R2 standard, or purchase the SBS 2011 Premium Add on Option.

    The Add on Option gives you a second Server license *and* a (SBS) SQL Server 2008 license. - Price them out yourself, but someday in the future you might want a second Server 2008 R2 VM with or without SQL.

     


    /kj
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    Thursday, December 08, 2011 9:59 PM
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  • Make sure that you have a battery backed cache in the HP, and enable write caching on the server.  Otherwise preformance will be terrible. 

    User the Free Hyper-v server.  Install SBS 2011 as a virtual machine,  and then your 2003 server as well.  Life will be good for you. 


    Jeremy
    Friday, December 09, 2011 5:46 AM

All replies

  • You'll need to either use the free 2008 R2 Server Core or buy another copy of Server 2008 R2 to be the parent for Hyper-V. Make sure you have plenty of memory (probably at least 16-24 GB).

    Steve

    <TRI-C> wrote in message news:0977b940-674d-4920-b59b-0bf9542a4b8b@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    We purchased an HP ML150 G6 ProLiant to upgrade from SBS 2003 Premium to SBS 2011 Standard. (We don't require SQL any more). I was reading in a book that it makes good sense to run the server using Hyper-V. We want to upgrade to SBS 2011 Standard but also still need to have Windows Server 2003 (NOT SBS) running together. What is involved in setting up the server to run both of these servers in Hyper-V on the HP ProLiant? Or is this really the way to go?

    Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:50 PM
  • SBS2011 does not include 1+1 licensing to enable a Full Server 2008 R2 instance as the VM Parent / Host OS.

    You can either use the Free but limited Hyper-V server, purchase a seperate copy of Server 2008 R2 standard, or purchase the SBS 2011 Premium Add on Option.

    The Add on Option gives you a second Server license *and* a (SBS) SQL Server 2008 license. - Price them out yourself, but someday in the future you might want a second Server 2008 R2 VM with or without SQL.

     


    /kj
    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Thursday, December 08, 2011 9:59 PM
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  • Make sure that you have a battery backed cache in the HP, and enable write caching on the server.  Otherwise preformance will be terrible. 

    User the Free Hyper-v server.  Install SBS 2011 as a virtual machine,  and then your 2003 server as well.  Life will be good for you. 


    Jeremy
    Friday, December 09, 2011 5:46 AM
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    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:10 AM
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