Hyper-V Workstation Deployment


I'm looking into using Hyper-V to virtualize my company PCs.  I have a few questions that I could not find when searching.

I have 170 workstations that will potentially be virtualized.  Each employee will obviously still need a physical PC to remote into the virtual workstation.  Does this mean that both their physical PC and Virtual PC need a windows xp license?

I'm also looking at Hyper-V Server 2008 versus Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V.  I realize the Hyper-V server is free and is CLI, but is there really any difference between the two in terms of VM management and capabilities?

Do you have any input on SCVMM2008?  Keep in mind, I'm only virtualizing workstations, not Servers.  We already have a different solution for the servers.

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Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:

first before you virtualized 170 workstation, you need to calculate how many processor power you need.
1 processor can support up to 10 workstation (maybe higher maybe lower)
so you need at least 17 processors.

2nd. you need windows 7 open licence - it provides you virtualization rights and downgrade rights.


3rd. the different on hyperv server 2008 and server 2008 r2 with hyperV is as below link

the key is VDI support, you need to get server 2008 r2 enterprise which it cost really alot.
so you trade off between free and a cost is the GUI interface.

u also want to read the VDI solution that microsoft provides




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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
As an alternative to the Windows Server 2008 R2 license, you could run the freebie Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 as you have mentioned.

A cluster built upon the Intel Modular Server with X5600 Hexa-Core CPUs would probably fit your bill with 6 nodes and some attached external SAS storage. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 would be the hypervisor underneath it all. The clustering setup gives you some redundancy. We have servers and desktop OSs virtualized on this platform.

Option 1: You would need 170 retail packages of Windows professional series desktop OS, then tack on Software Assurance and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (we license all of our VDI this way). Other than the upfront cost of Win7 Pro, the SA + MDOP is under $90/VM/Year on Open License. That is where you will save over OEM in the long run.

Option 2: 170 OEM Windows professional licenses + SA + MDOP. Note that the OEM licenses will stick with the hardware.

It is important to note that the licensing for desktop OSs is Upgrade + SA for the license plus Software Assurance. There is no full OS license like there is for server on Open License.

We use the native tools though we are licensed for SCVMM. We did this because there was a need to delve into the inner workings of the cluster and virtualized machines before getting into SCVMM which insulates the IT folks from things IMNSHO. SCVMM works great.

Look into Data Protection Manager as an option for backup. It is pretty slick.

We have lots of blog posts on IMS, Hyper-V, virtualization, and CLI on Core. http://blog.mpecsinc.ca

macdaddy2005Author Commented:
Thanks for your input guys.  This helps a lot!
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