To Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on USB or Not
Posted on 2010-08-14
Looking for some advice/input.
Recent purchase of a Dell R710 that is tasked to be a Hyper-V host. Trying to decide on best way to run the host OS and which OS to choose.
This Hyper-V host will be running 3 - 5 VMs all web server types (1 normal IIS, 1 Ex2010 OWA, 1 SharePoint/Project Server 2010 Major Server, 1 SharePoint/Project Server 2010 Dev Server)
So my choices as I see them, feel free to throw in on any others you think might be a good choice, Hyper-V only no $$$ for VMware.
- Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on USB
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Core Server with Hyper-V role on HDD
- Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role on HDD
I was keen to do Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on USB because it runs keeps the OS profile so low, no HDD needed, etc. But the amount of support and implementations of this has me worried #1. #2 the support on the software side for the must have applications running on the host OS as a hypervisor/core server. Must applications are Dell OpenManage Server Admin, Broadcom drivers for NIC Teaming and APC PowerChute Network Shutdown.
Dell OpenManage which has articles of installing on Windows Server 2008 Core Server and Hyper-V Server 2008 (both non R2), so looks possible but again the number of people doing this very low, hard to find. Broadcom NIC Teaming seems to be a big issue in the past but resolved now unknown. APC has documentation on non R2 core server but nothing Hyper-V Server or R2.
And then the last concern of running off of USB in production.
So looking for any advice, experience anyone has doing Hyper-V hosts. What would you do?