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I am looking at deploying an SBS 2011 server in a Hyper-V.  Currently I have been using vmware esxi free to do this but I think Hyper-V might be better since I can monitor the system health..ie Raid where as the vmware free I cannot.

I am planning on using a server with the following:

Raid 1 Sata 7200 Drives:  Hyper-V 2008 Server
Raid 10 SAS 15K (300 GB x 4)

24 Gb Ram

Does anyone see any issue with running the Hyper-V portion on Sata drives?
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by:kevinhsieh
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You could run the Hyper-V on a single 5400 RPM drive if you wanted. Why not partition your RAID 10 and use it for your Hyper-V host as well? A four drive 15K RAID should support well in excess the 75 user limit of SBS, so why not save the power needed for the SATA drives. Are you running SQL as well, or additional VMs?
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by:kapara
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Probably a Win7 or WinXP VM in addition to the SBS.  My concern is space since.  That I will have enough space.

SBS 2011 C: 120 GB D: 300 420 GB
XP or Win7 80 GB

100 Gb left over for...?

Not sure how much I need.  Putting a Raid one for the Hyper-V adds protection to single drive failure....
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I ws mentioning that Hyper-V host would perform fine a slow SATA drive because the IO is low, not that a single SATA drive is a good idea. I use dynamically expanding VHD for basically everything, and that you save you lots of space. I would use a 20 GB partition for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1, 40 GB for Windows 2008 R2 SP1. If you need space in the future, you can add the SATA drives as an additional RAID1 and move your workstation VM to it.
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by:kapara
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Thanks for the info.  I have never deployed Hyper-V and very little info on how to set it up for a single host using Hyper-V for SBS 2011.

Thanks,
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