I 'm building a new SBS 2008 Server to migrate a domain to. They are currently running a SBS 2003 box with full use of Exchange 2003 and have a BES 4.1 sitting on top of it (localy).
The domain is small enough and the old build not worh saving (10 users), so I am building the new doamin from scratch (most of the client PCs are going to be replaced with new at the same time anyway and all profiles are "roaming"). I've done 4 Exchange 2003 to 2007 migrations already and plan to just break up the stores into PST files with ESEUTIL and move them piecemeal. The data, shares and profiles are a no-brainer for this network.
SITUATION: I plan to run the BES server in a virtual environment. I'm going to stick with a virtualized x86 Server 2003 Standard with SQL Express 2005 because of licensing we already own & because of the lack of support for BES on SBS 2008 as of now.
QUESTION: Has anyone out there run this configuration before? Because I would like to know if there are any advantages to using VMWare, MS Virtual Server or Hyper-V
I have 3 servers running host to Hyper-V environments right now (all virtualized Term Servers running x86 Server 2008 over x64 Server 2008 hosts). I like the hardware support and ease of administration with Hyper-V. But the more I read about the configurations of Hyper-V in SBS 2008, the more I don't want to fall into the pit of Microsoft's liscensing obfuscation ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239208.aspx
) or an untennable configuration with issues of USB and FAX support ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239204.aspx
So, is anyone running BES in Hyper-V or VMWare on a SBS 2008 box? And how's the stability? Administration? I'm looking for a lot of feedback on all the options.
**Also, yea I know I can just bur the SBS 2003 box and turn into a Server 2003 standard for the BES - but what fun would that be? The new server has more than enough juice to support everything in the environment - 2x Quad Core 2.6 procs w/ 16GB of RAM and a TB of storage. I'd rather manage one box, which is the point of virtualization. And thanks again.