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SBS 2008 Virtualization

Hello Experts!

 We have been deploying clients with SBS 2008 and virtualizing it (using Hyper V). I stepped into my role where this had just been implemented and going forward this is what we do. The problem I am coming across, is virtualizing it makes it more complicated with little to no tangible benefits. We have a couple clients, where we virtualize a terminal server with it. Great. Makes perfect sense. But when we are virtualize a single SBS box I see not benefits whatsoever.

 I am in a position where we can change what we are doing going forward for our standard deployments. I am wondering what benefits do you see to virtualizing a single server?

 My list;

 Pros;
- Easy migration to newer hardware (grab the VHD and go!)

Cons;
- No tape support (big issue for some of our clients)
- No USB support

Are there any pros I am missing?

Thanks!
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Don't discount the disaster recovery benefits on Virtualization.  You can backup and restore a VHD file infinitely easier than you can back and restore a bare metal server.  If you experience a hardware failure of any kind, you can just move the VHD(s) over to a new machine and your off and running.

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