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Microsoft Virtualization

If I were to buy a server with two Quad Cores and MS Server 2008 R2 with the purpose of running 8 instances of XP, how should I go about doing it. I've lost track of MS virtualization. Do you use Virtual Server 2005 now or Hyper-V... does Hyper-V come fully ready with MS Server 2008 R2 STD or is that another purchase/download? Can someone just give me a quick list of what to use and how you would get it going? Thanks!!
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systemagicCommented:
We have two servers running Windows server 2008 with Hyper-v. Both servers are running the x64 version of 2008 as I think only the x64 version of the operating system supports Hyper-v.
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ashwin_kumar525Commented:
If you want to get the most out of it, then go for 2008 R2 x64. It comes with inbuilt Hyper V which you need to enable. It doesnt matter how many VMs you run, you just need to have enough memory to keep it in a balance that you should not assign unwanted extra memory to VMs nor you should assign less memory which will cause a performance hit on the VM. What do you want to run on those XP machines? if it is not specific to XP, then go for Vista or Windows 7 which are virtualization aware and you can take advantage of the enlightened I/O.

Follow the link to learn more about Hyper V.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-V

if I have to compare, I've seen that Vista/Windows 7/ Server 2008 as VMs does perform better than XP/2003 if you host them on Hyper V.

You don't need to buy/download any thing else if you have Server 2008 R2.
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Darius GhassemCommented:
ashwin has a good explanation just make sure you have the 64-bit verison of 2008 or you can't run Hyper-V.

Here are some guides on working with Hyper-V. Hyper-V is user friendly and gives you the ability to run the Virtual Machines from the Hardware layer instead of running them on top of a OS like Virtual Server does.

http://searchsystemschannel.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid99_gci1297399,00.html

http://www.petri.co.il/implementing-hyper-vision-hyperv-windows-server-2008.htm
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bkrontzAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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