Install SBS 2003 server into VirtualBox

Posted on 2013-09-19
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I am considering installing Small Business Server 2003 into VirtualBox.  The host pc will be a 64 bit pc running Windows 7 Pro.

I searched Experts-Exchange looking for this information but didn’t find any suitable messages.

1.)      Who has done this before?

2.)      What problems did you encounter?

3.)      What did you have to do to enable the host pc to log into the Small Business Server 2003 server?

Thank you for your help.
Question by:donpick
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Cliff Galiher earned 1600 total points
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I'm not surprised you haven't seen much on this. Running a production server on virtualbox (not that I have anything against that product at all) just isn't a great idea. You really want a hypervisor that sits closer to bare metal. VMware or Hyper-V. On a client OS like Win7, you will have performance issues, even with an OS as old as SBS 2003 and its small footprint.

With that said, here goes:

1) I've done it before for test labs. I don't recommend it. But I've done it.

2) Performance. Not to mention that SBS 2003 is not officially supported in virtualization and running a business critical server in an unsupported fashion is usually a bad idea. Then again, SBS 2003 support ends in just a few short months, so it'll be unsupported anyways. Plenty of reasons to *not* do this, very few reasons to do it.

3) You will have to join the host PC to the domain. Which introduces a new set of issues, since now your DC won't come up until your host PC boots up, but your host PC will be looking for a domain controller that isn't there. Catch-22. Which brings me back to my previous point about running SBS on a client OS. Better to run it on VMware ESXi or Hyper-V where the host OS has no dependency on a domain underneath and user logon is a non-issue.

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Is this for Production in an Office or Test?

I would not use it for Production.
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
Haresh Nikumbh earned 400 total points
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if its just test or lab .. then its fine.. but in production env..BIG NO....  ( even only less than 10 users are going to access this )

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Thank you all for your prompt answers.  This will be a test environment.  The host pc does not really need to connect to Small Business Server 2003.  I was curious if it could and you have explained the problems.
Thanks again for all your help.

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