SBS2011 as VM host
Posted on 2013-06-11
We have a client that purchased a new server running SBS 2011 to replace an existing Server 2003 Std box. After putting the new server in place, we discovered that one of their applications would not run on SBS 2011. We need to temporarily bring up a VM with the old Server 2003 until the issue is resolved.
We have read many posts on the issues of running VMWare and VPC on an SBS2011 host, and don't wish to "break" networking on the SBS server. Does anyone know if Oracle's Virtual Box will run any better on an SBS 2011 host, since it seems to be less of a resource hog? I could bring up the VM on an XP host until we migrate the application, but I would feel better if it was running on redundant hardware if possible.
Since this is a temporary fix for a few weeks to a month, I don't want to go through the trouble of installing ESXi or HyperV on the server and virtualizing the SBS2011 server.
Anyone had success running VM's on SBS2011, or should it just be avoided at all costs?