Installing virtual machines on to sbs 2011

Hi we have a client who has an sbs 2011 server quite a beefy one with plenty of processing power.

They want to be able to transfer a couple of virtual machines to the environment.

Would this be done using vm workstations on the sbs or some form of esxi ?

Bit of a newbie on this so just looking for advice on best way to go about it.

They have some legacy software that they want to still be able to access but it's on an old server that is currently very unstable and just old.

Thanks for your help...

Chris
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
ESX is a bare metal form of VMware. This is probably the most efficient way for VMware, but it requires you to also virtualize your SBS 2011. This is of course do-able.

VMware has a server equivalent of Workstation that runs on a server (so your SBS2011 stays intact) and allows you to install the virtual machines you wish.

Both methods work. If you are wiling to save all your SBS2011 stuff, delete everything off that beefy server, install ESX and then rebuild your server, it is probably the most efficient way to go.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You could install VMware Workstation on SBS2011, and run virtual machines, but VMware Workstation is usually considered a Desktop Product for Development, rather than using it for Production Machines - but some do use it for this purpose, but ESXi would be a better choice.

If you use ESXi, you would need to create a P2V of your existing SBS2011, install ESXi, and then transfer SBS2011 back to ESXi as a VM.

Some of my EE Articles....for you to read

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choy1977Author Commented:
Could we virtualise using say windows 2012 ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, adding the Hyper-V role you will then be able to add and Host Virtual Machines.
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choy1977Author Commented:
Thanks great cheers
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@choy1977 - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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