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Hyper-V or VMWare

My project entails installing SBS2011 as DC and Windows 2008 R2 Server as Terminal Server for up to 10 users who use WORD/EXCEL/Quickbooks Multi-user version.

I thought I set up VMWare on one physical server to install/run SBS2011 and Terminal Server since I have done it before.
But I hear that you can do that same with Hyper V and looks like I can save some money by not having to purchase a licensed version of ESX for backup and UPS monitoring apps ... etc.

But when I watched youtube video clips in the past, they seems to indicate that VMWare is much better and stable than MS Hyper V.

Has much changed in the past 1 year with respect to MS Hyper V?
Is it as stable as ESXi V5?
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sglee
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I only like to hear from people who have done both installations recently please ...
no links please ...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Single or Clustered installations?

Microsoft Hyper-V is catching up with VMware vSphere 5.0.

But what features and version of VMware, were you going to purchase Essentials ?

Hyper-V can be the cheaper alternative, but is not the industry standard.
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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
We have two test environments running both. These are small scale. From my personal opinion, they are equally as stable. If money isn't an option, I would go with VMware simply because Microsoft seems to play catchup a lot.

If money matters, Hyper-v wins by a long shot!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
As for stability, single Hyper-V server fine, Clustered Servers not as stable as VMware ESXi.
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peelersCommented:
Only you can decide on cost.

In terms of technology, Hyper-v on Windows 2008 is no comparison to vSphere 5.  If you need to implement now there is no question that you should go with ESX.  Hyper-v on Windows 2012 however is a different story.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@hanccocka

Will be single installation. I need to install Microsoft SBS2011 and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 as a Terminal Server up to 10 users.

 Feature wise, I need to backup SBS2011 every day and like to have UPS Monitoring program in case of power failure. I think this is where VMWare cost additional money because I have to buy a licensed version such as VMWare essentials and backup software and Network card for UPS unit.

VMWare Version - I was thinnking Essentials.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@sglee I would opt for Microsoft 2008 R2 Server with Hyper-V AddOn
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
@hanccocka

Are you suggesting "Microsoft 2008 R2 Server with Hyper-V AddOn" due to "added cost if I go wtih VMWare" or R2 is a simply better/just as good as VMWare for my needs?

I am not familiar with Hyper-V that, I heard, comes with W2008 R2.
What is "Hyper-V AddOn"?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Hyper-V and VMware vSphere offer similar functional levels.

Hyper-V will be more cost effective for your solution.

You install Windows 2008 R2 Server, Click Roles, and add the Hyper-V role (addon!).

therefore you would need to purchase the Windows 2008 R2 Server or Enterprise edition.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I need to install SBS2011 for exchange & more.
I need to setup a Terminal Server for remote users; therefore I decided to purchase W2008 R2.
Since I wanted to put these two systems in one server box, I was looking to go with VMWare.

That said, if I go with Hyper-V, can I install SBS2011 (which is essentially W2008 R2 OS) and add Hyper V role?
Basically what I like to know is if I can do what I need to do in one server box?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
SBS 2011 Premium can be used as an SBS server, and Hyper-V host machine to Host Virtual Machine on a single server, providing your physical hardware has the resources.

see here
http://www.sbsfaq.com/?tag=sbs-2011-premium
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