SBS 2011 virtualized  on Core Server host

Posted on 2011-05-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am curious about the ability to run SBS 2011 as a VM.


1) Can I do that?

2) Can I do it in such a way that I use  SBS 2011 media/license to create a Core Server host on which I run the virtualized SBS 2011?
Question by:lineonecorp
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    Yes you can run SBS virtualized. No you cannot use the SBS license to run a second core install. If you want to virtualize, MS offers the free "hyper-v server" edition as a download though. It is basically a core install with no support for other roles.

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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    1. Yes you can run SBS 2011 Virtualized.

    2. No, you would have to install Hyper-V Core.

    3. Create a Virtual Server

    4. Install SBS 2011 as normal in a virtual machine.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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    by:Philip Elder
    1: Yes.
    2: No. The so called 1+1 rule for virtualizing a Windows Standard server on top of itself (Hyper-V Role on host only) does not apply to SBS. As mentioned SBS can be virtualized on Hyper-V Server which is a free Core only virtualization product.

    The 1+1 rule does apply to the Premium Add-On's server OS which is Windows Server 2008 Standard R2.


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