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Microsofrt Hyper V - Is there a GUI?

Hi All

Im going to install hyper V and was wondering if there is a GUI for server core to make administration a bit easier? also what are the main disadvantages of using the full install of 2008 with hyper v role installed or using the server core install, my setup will be on a hp ml 350 g5 with 10GB of RAM and will have only 4 to 5 virtual servers all windows 2008.

If server core is the way to go due to security and preformance what is the best gui to use?

Also are there any tips for virtualising sbs2008 premium.

Thanks for your help.
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tigermattCommented:

You can use a GUI console, but you would have to install it on a Windows Vista workstation or access it via one of your Server 2008 Full Installation VMs.

The whole aim of Server Core is to increase performance by removing a lot of the RAM-hogging GUI features. This also increases security since there is less attack surface for there to be exploitable bugs in.

The management tool can be downloaded for Vista from the links at the bottom of http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/03/25/hyper-v-manager-mmc-now-available.aspx. You need Vista SP1 to be installed.

Information on virtualisation of SBS 2008 can be found at http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/09/15/sbs-2008-and-virtualization.aspx. Personally, I will not be virtualising SBS.

-tigermatt
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nostrasystemsAuthor Commented:
why not virtualize sbs 2008? say if you had premium with the extra servers or had a few extra member application servers?
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tigermattCommented:

If you have more than one server instance then that is different, and I would recommend it is virtualised to cut down on hardware costs. However, if you only have one server instance running, there is no benefit to virtualisation since you would have to spend more on licensing for the host OS, which pretty much defeats the object of an SBS in a single-server environment.

If you do go down the virtualisation route, remember you should not install SBS in the host OS and then virtualise servers on top of it. The host OS should purely be dedicated for running the Virtualisation Software, whether this is Hyper-V, Virtual PC, Virtual Server or VMWare ESXi.

-tigermatt
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nostrasystemsAuthor Commented:
You can use a GUI console, but you would have to install it on a Windows Vista workstation or access it via one of your Server 2008 Full Installation VMs.

how exactly do u do this step by step?
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tigermattCommented:

Download the management tool from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=BC3D09CC-3752-4934-B84C-905E78BE50A1&displaylang=en and install it on your Windows Vista computer.

-tigermatt
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this is what i get when i go to that page?
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tigermattCommented:

Try the RSAT instead, I believe the Hyper-V Manager is included as part of that: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9ff6e897-23ce-4a36-b7fc-d52065de9960&DisplayLang=en#Overview

-tigermatt
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