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Hardware Questions for Hyper-V with 2-3 VM's

  • Virtualization
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Servers
  • Business Computing
Last response: in Business Computing
April 15, 2011 4:45:19 PM

Hello All,
I'm currently setting up my server for my new office and it's the first time I've decided to jump into Hyper-V or any virtualization for that matter. This is what I'm setting up:

Host = Windows Server 2008 (Not R2) with Hyper-V role only enabled.
GuestVM1 = SBS 2008 for our database apps and Exchange. Currently there will only be about 10-15 mailboxes on exchange.
GuestVM2 = Windows Server 2008 with Terminal Services role only. I will have 4-5 people connecting to this server at all times.

My question is, what would a good setup be hardware wise to not have any performance issues. The server I currently have I suspect that it's not enough juice for it all.

I don't have a huge budget for everything, so I'm trying to figure out something between minimum and insane.

Thanks in advance for all the help and tips!

My current server is:
Xeon X3220,
Supermicro PDSMA M/B
8GB DDR 2 Mem

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April 16, 2011 3:59:50 AM

any tips anyone?
April 19, 2011 1:17:13 AM

You may consider using RAID for the guestVM. If you have enough budget, you can configure a RAID 10.
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April 19, 2011 2:15:54 AM

Thanks quest.

I've already went ahead and purchased quite a bit to just do a full on upgrade.

got the following:
1 x ASUS Z8PE-D12(ASMB4-IKVM) Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520 Tylersburg SSI EEB 3.61 Dual Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Series
2 x Kingston 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ECC Registered
3 x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s going to config to Raid 5
3 x Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s same as above Raid 5
2 x Intel Xeon E5606 Westmere-EP 2.13GHz LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor

I still haven't decided how I want to configure the drives though. Not sure if I should just put the data/storage on a separate Raid 5 and then HyperV and both VM's on another raid 5 config with just 3 separate partitions.

any thoughts on this?
April 22, 2011 11:07:22 AM

sorry to ruin your weekend. i know how much we all like technical documents... but you will save a lot of time, money, and energy if you read public Microsoft docs and research the best practical solution with the resources that you have. this should get you started in the right direction:

Let me know if you need anything.