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HyperV Test Environment

I am looking at getting some servers for HyperV Testing.

I found a deal online for the following for $500 (CAD) each.  

Dual 2.0Ghz- Dual Core Intel Xeon (x5130) - VT 4MB - 32/64 Bit.
(2 cpu installed, supports dual processors) Dell PowerEdge SC1430 Server, Mini tower
8.0GB(4GBx2) FB ECC Memory(Supports up to 16GB - 4 ram slots) 1.0TB SATA( (500.0GB x2) Storage , SAS 5 i/R Raid Controller. Raid 1 Mirror DVD/CDRW, Gigabit Network/Ethernet Sound.
IDE, SATA controller. 8 USB 2.0 ports. 2 PCI express slots.
Gigabit Network Controller
* Supports SAS and regular SATA drives.
*No operating system
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Felix LevenCommented:
For a good and realistic hyperV test I would buy 3 Servers:
2 HyperV hosts (a local HDD each for HyperV Server plus a Dual-Port GigaBit NIC) and one Storage Server with a good Raid Controller (sata is fine) or a Software Raid for ISCSI (if you got a Technet or MSDN Account try Storage Server) and also a Dual-Port GigaBit NIC. Gigabit-Switch for network connection.

Importants of components to me (4-8 Virtual Servers): hdd performance, good NIC's/Memory, CPU


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Auric1983Author Commented:
Thanks, I don't know if I would be able to get a 3rd server...  I'm kind of working on a shoestring budget here.  I've managed to convince my boss that it's a good idea.

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Felix LevenCommented:
The servers are good, prize I don't know. Take a third pc, add one of the raid controllers and two of the 500g hdd. Use it for San storage.
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Auric1983Author Commented:
Hey MrG any idea where I can confirm that the SC1430 and CPU support Hyper V before I buy them?
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Felix LevenCommented:
http://www.terracode.com/WinSrvr2008_VR/WinSrvr2008RC1_VR_B1.html -> different CPU

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27216 -> supports Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)

IF something is nicer on hyper-v vs. Vmware then it is the support for more hardware. Every hardware with a working driver in 2008 R2 can be used.
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Auric1983Author Commented:
Thanks :) Appreciate the help
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