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Gaming on Hyper-V'ed XP/Vista

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a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2009 3:17:04 PM

So I'm looking at building a new system for development.

Intel Core2Quad - Q8200
SuperMicro motherboard
8 Gig of RAM
Windows Server 2008 w/ Hyper-V

Guest OS would include Windows XP Professional and Vista

The main purpose of this system would be for development of Visual Basic Database Applications and Active Server Pages. However, I do some gaming (looking forward to Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3).

So does anyone have any experience with gaming on a Hyper-V'ed system? How much of an impact am I looking at with SQL Server 2005 and IIS running in the background (if any)?

Your comments would be appreciated.

-Wolf sends

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a b 4 Gaming
March 21, 2009 6:33:01 PM

If you're gaming from Windows Server 2008, you'll be fine unless you launch an application that makes SQL Server and IIS very busy. Idle VMs require very low CPU power. I run a few VMs with Oracle databases and CPU utilization on a Q6600 is 2-5%.
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