I've read through many threads regarding ESXi and Hyper-V, but still can't determine what is best for us. Here is our situation:
Dell Poweredge R710 server with 2 x Xeon CPUs, 32GB RAM, 3 x 1TB RAID1 arrays, 4 NIC's
We would like to virtualize:
- 1 x Windows Server 2008 Standard to run an ERP program (with SQL)
- 1 x SBS 2003 Server (migratied from physical server) that has our Exchange and File Sharing
- 3 (or more) Windows 7 Clients where users can login remotely
We have about 30 users on the domain.
The main thing for us is reliability - we want to be able to backup the VM's daily to our iSCSI NAS without shutting them down.
We have the option to get ESXi embedded on the Dell server, which would be nice. I don't think Hyper-V has embedded capability which might mean adding another drive or partition to the system.
Any thoughts on the best solution?