SBS 2008 server with VMware or Hyper-V recommendation

We are looking at implementing a SBS08 server with Windows 08 64 bits on VMware or Hyper-V.
There will be a database solution running on Windows 08 with the following requirements:
Raid10 array with 6 drives.
Users will connect to the database using terminal services.

At this stage, we'd like to have the following configuration for the server:
RAID 1 (2x 146GB 10K) Main partition (C:\)
RAID 5 (3x 300GB 10K) Exchange/Data partition (D:\)
RAID 10 (6x 146GB 10K) VMware/Windows 08 (database).
2x Intel(R) Quad Core E5520 Xeon
16GB memory

Which version of Vmware should we be using?
Thank for the input.
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Paul SolovyovskyConnect With a Mentor Senior IT AdvisorCommented:
For VMware you should go with ESX/ESXi.  I would recommend vSphere Essentials which for $500 gives you up to 3 ESX hosts and vCenter (management, performance monitoring, etc. that you can install as a VM or a physical  windows server)  You will need to check the HCL to make sure that it is compatible with vSphere.

You have a good amount of memory and since ESX/ESXi take up very little storage and memory by themselves you have a lot left for the VMs.  You should be able to install several VMs without any issues since the SBS can only support limited amount of users.

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Philip ElderConnect With a Mentor Technical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
We virtualize on Hyper-V.

The OS requires very little in the way of storage if Core is your install choice.

In our experiences, RAID 10 gives the best overall performance with a hardware add-in RAID controller with a PCI-E 8x interface being the minimum. A battery backup is essentially for the RAID controller as it improves performance.

There are lots of great tools available for anything from creating fixed VHDs very quick, to managing your VMs.

Philip
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astrosbsAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys.
We are looking at implementing a Dell T610 or ML350 G6. Both come with a dedicated RAID controller (512MB battery backup). We will only be running one VM (Windows 08 64 bits).
Is Hyper-V free (running on SBS 08)?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
the ML350 is a better candidate with the battery backup I assume you're getting an smart array controller E200 or above vs the the onboard one..this is a good thing as the onboard controllers don't show up with RAID in ESX/ESXi.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
SBS 2008 Premium with the second server license gives you the 1+1 licensing where you can run the second OS in a dedicated Hyper-V role and run the SBS and Windows Server 2008 OS as guests.

The Hyper-V Role is not supported on SBS 2008 due to conflicts with the built-in wizards as well as networking.

Philip
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astrosbsAuthor Commented:
Ok, so it looks like I'll be using VMware. Any idea of the cost?
Thanks
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Can't help you there. Get in touch with a local VMWare reseller to get an idea of the costs.

Philip
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
ESXi is free and will do what you need.  If you buy the vSphere Essentials you'll get up 3 ESX/ESXi hosts (ESX has a service console that lets you integrate 3rd party apps better) as well vCenter Server which is a centralized monitoring server as well a good place to integrate AD access to VMware.

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