Choosing Hyper V software

I want to setup a test lab with Hyper V.  There will be 10 or so virtual machines.  I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 server, an AX150 SAN and a Brocade switch that I would like to utilize.  

I will be adding a second Poweredge server in the mix at a later time, so I want to make sure that whatever I use that I will be able to setup centralized management (ala VMWare vCenter) so I can setup HA, live migration, etc, so in the event a host fails, that the VM will fire up on the other host.   I've heard that SCVM is used for this, but was wondering if there is a good way to manage the HA and live migrations without it just using Windows Server 2008.

Which version of Windows Server 2008 would be best suited in this case?    Since this is a test lab and I will be using trial versions, cost isn't an issue, I just want what is best suited.  Thanks.
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Sajid Shaik MConnect With a Mentor Sr. System AdminCommented:
the best u can use is windows2008 R2   ...   with hyper V ...  regarding scvm it's mainly used if u have many physical machines with virtual machines then u can control all centrally.

that mean u can do load balancing, u can do disater recovery, u can swap vm from one physical machine to another physical machine, converting physical  machine datat to vm, and vm data convert on physical machine etc.

u can get the trial version for 6 months free .. in this following link..
http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/virtual-machine-manager/vmm-try-it.aspx#


and HD backup's on another storage devise in case of desater .. u can get back ur server within few mins... with this backup.

see this link here u can find best material..

http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/

all the best
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kevinhsiehConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 Evaluation.  Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is also an option, but starting with the full Windows Server is easier. System Center Virtual Machine Manager isn't required for most functions including building VMs, cloning VMs, failover, or Live Migration. All you need is the native Windows Cluster Management tool installed on Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7. I believe that there is a trial of SCVMM available. I have SCVMM, but I do most tasks with the Cluster tool and I wouldn't buy SCVMM for an environment your size without good reason.  
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AhmedHERMIConnect With a Mentor Commented:
hi ,
OK i'm gonna pass a fresh news for you;
Microsoft finally released Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 SP1,you're asking why i'm telling you this so simple :) .
What i told you is the top of innovation, because there's something special added to Hyper-V on windows server 2008 R2 SP1and it works only with Windows 7 SP1, it's Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX waw i can't tell how it works , you need to try this,in any way you're preparing a lab so enjoy it :).
this is a link to a video you can watch it
http://www.virtualizationdir.com/2010/03/windows-virtualization-team-blog-dynamic-memory-coming-to-hyper/

get me informed if you want
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B1izzardAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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