Virtual Servers

Posted on 2011-05-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
  I am not completely sold on the idea for virtual servers but have some time to kill. I have a W2K8 R2 server to play with. If I wanted to start playing around with virtual servers what would be the "industry standard" to experiment with?
Question by:jimbecher
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    I am a Hyper-V guy but both Hyper-V and VMWare are very good hypervisors. I would start by Hyper-V because it is integrated in Windows Server 2008
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       Interesting. So Hyper-V is a freebie? No additional costs involved? Where does Microsoft make their money? I did notice it appears that you have to purchase the version with Hyper-V don't you? I just havd 2008 Standard R2...
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    by:Svet Paperov
    That was the case with WS 2008 not R2. Starting with R2 Hyper-v is integrated. Also, if you update to SP1 you will have additional functionalites as Dynamic virtual memory, for example.

    It is important to know your license: with Standard you have 1 license free license for WS 2008 R2 Standard virtual machine; all other VMs need to have their own license. The physical server can be used for Hyper-v and DC roles only; the license doesn't allow additional roles - that's how MS makes money :-)
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    Microsoft makes their money on the OS licenses for the VMs. There is also some money for management if you buy System Center Virtual Machine Manager, but that is completely optional and I rarely use it in my 60+ VM environment. Microsoft gets their money if you use Microsoft, VMware, Citrix Xen Server, VirtualBox, or something else.

    You can load up Windows 2008 R2 Evaluation on some VMs and play away.

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