SBS 2011: Hyper-V or ESXi, esp for backup
Posted on 2011-02-23
I've purchased a new server and am preparing to install Windows Small Business Server 2011. I'm planning to virtualize to make future upgrades and disaster recovery easier. Also, have to run a simple linux vm for some chron jobs with our external web server. I would probably also run a second server instance for DC backup and/or printer server.
What I'm wondering is which hypervisor to use. I had been planning to use a Server 2008 R2 install with Hyper-V. But a colleague on another part of the project is telling me I should go with ESXi due to backup issues, performance, "it's just better".
I'm looking for advice on the subject. I don't have a lot of command line experience, and very little experience with vSphere. I'm also reading that to run a robust backup solution (We will have Backup Exec SBS 2010 R2) on ESXI you have to pay more. I've also heard that snapshots on Hyper-V don't work well.