Should I virtualize a single server?
Posted on 2011-09-06
I'm going to be installing SBS 2011 on a new Dell server for a new client. I've used Hyper-V for servers already and I love it. I want to know if I should take the SBS 2011 install and virtualize it using Hyper-V since it comes with a physical and virtual license.
The pros that I see are that I can change the hardware layout on the physical server, such as number of hard drives (I could change the RAID from 1 to 5 and reinstall the OS. All I'd have to do is start up the VHD and nothing will be different), size of partitions, etc.
I can easily change the Hyper-V hardware layout for CPU's, Memory, Hard Drive space, etc.
I can add a second server if I like, for remote access in the future.
I can backup and restore easily with daily VHD backups.
Since it's one server what do you all think?
Also is there a way to backup the virtual machine during the day that will not be intrusive? Should I do regular Windows backup and restore backups for the daily data and then do a nightly Disk2VHD backup? Will using snapshots of the VHD during the day work?
Thanks in advance,