Hardware - You will want to run either platform on relatively recent and powerful hardware. More RAM is good. Make sure the hardware CPU/mobo is VM capable. run on anything is really a valid statement. You want it to run well.
HW access - Hyper-V allows direct access to SATA ports and GPUs. ESXi allows pass through of PCI and USB
Storage limits - Hyper-V .vhd are limited to the 2TB limit as well. But with pass through you can attached large arrays without issue
- Depends on how well you can navigate and learn a different GUI and relate to language to what you're already familiar with. some people can move seemlessly between windows, linix and OSx....some can't. Being that you aren't familiar with Hypervisors in general the curve will steep regardless. One feels like windows the other feels like a web page
- Correct but if all you need is for it to sit on an existing network it's fairly easy. If you are going to try and run multile networks inside a single hypervisor then it helps to have a basic understanding of how it parses out the physical from the virtual
- Most Hypervisors are the same in general its the details that differ
- for USB back up in Hyper-v all you do is attach the stroage as another SCSI controller and present it to the guest via passthrough. It works fine that way.
- No it must run baremetal
- no idea never tried sorry
- No, but again I haven't used VMware in over 2 years
- I'm pretty sure there is a setting for that.
Edited by no-control, 17 February 2012 - 10:17 AM.