Hi all, i am not sure if i should be posting this in here as its not a problem as such, so please tell me if its a problem.
I need to buy a server to install and use hyper-v for my test labs for my enterprise admin exam if a few months. However I am on a budget. I understand the CPU must have hardware assisted virtualisation and disable execute bit.
Does anyone know a server that is cheap and will run hyper-v? I dont need masses of storage and i am not too bothered about loads of RAM, enough to run a couple of VMs would be fine.
Iv had a look round but i dont seem to be able to see much. I was looking at paying £150 ish. Second hand would be fine.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
- 已更改类型 Vincent HuModerator 2012年5月4日 6:33 discussion corresponding
Most modern desktops or even laptops (within the last 3 years) can run Hyper-V for your purpose. You don't necessarily need true server hardware. You can check the following links for Processor support.
Intel Processors: http://ark.intel.com (use search on processor model)
AMD Processors: http://products.amd.com/ (select country and then use search on processor model)
Local storage can work or even an external USB hard drive will work.
If you are a student (or have an EDU email address) you can also download free Server software from http://www.dreamspark.com if your school participates. If not you can always use the eval version or purchase and MSDN or Technet subscription.
This won't give you all the "Enterprise" aspects, but adding an older standalone server probably wouldn't either and would set you back a lot more money. For a test system, as long as you can get good functionality out of it, it should work great for your lab environment.
Rob McShinsky (http://www.VirtuallyAware.com)
VirtuallyAware - Experiences in a Virtual World (Microsoft MVP - Virtual Machine)
thank you very much, that was very helpful!
Alot of servers on ebay seem to be Xeon, am i correct in thinking all Xeon CPUs will support hyper-v? As i have found a few good servers for quite reasonable money.
No, just because the CPU is a Xeon, doesn't mean it will support Hyper-V. Xeons have been around for a very long time. You need to verify that the CPU.
And, again, there is no reason you need server hardware, just a cpu and bios that support hardware virtualization.
If the Xeon processor supports hardware virtualization and Hardware Data Execution Prevention and also not over your budget, it’s a choice. You can also try to look some desktop computers with Intel Core2Duo processors or the first generation Core i serials processors.
You can buy a Dell poweredge 1950/2950.
See the compatibility list on: