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Just thought it would be nice to see what everyone is using to test out the WHS 2011 Release Candidate. Are you running a virtual machine, or a dedicated box? What is the performance like? Have you experienced any hiccups?

 

My machine is a dedicated box and its pretty zippy. It is loads faster than my V1 machine (a lot of that is due to hardware improvements) although I would like to think that being a 64 bit machine also has something to do with it.

 

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So what are you running?

 

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Just getting ready to set up mine on a Core i3-540 | Intel mobo | 4GB RAM system. Doing an Acronis backup of the current system, a W7 Pro HTPC.

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I am running in a Core I3-530, with 4 gigs of DDR-1600. I moved my V1 server into a smaller box and used my huge Lian-Li full tower so I could stuff drives in it. A total of 10 without the use of any addon cages. I setup a 5x2T RAID 5 (8T usable) and a 3x2T RAID 5 (4T usable) and moved all the folders including the backups to one of these volumes. I used a caviar black (500 gig) for now, but will swithc to what Dave is using (icy dock mirror) for the final realeas. Will have a post pretty soon but overall I love it. It is hard to go use anythng else now especially for streaming HD around the house.

 

 

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Top drive for the OS, bottom 5 for the array.

 

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The 3x2T drive array (4T usable)

 

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My setup is all within my Hyper-V server.

 

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I gave it two cpu cores and 2gig of ram. Right now all it has is the 160gig virtual drive which is part of the Raid 0 drive setup in the Win2008r2 - Hyper-V server setup. They server has both a Raid 0 and Raid 5 setup. VM's that I don't plan to keep long or don't mind losing, go on the Raid 0 drives, all others go on the Raid 5 drives.

 

 

I also have SBS-E running as a VM with the same specs as above.

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With these two guys running on top of the other VM's I have running, the server still have plenty of room to run more. Once SP1 ever gets released, I should be able to almost double the number of VM's it could run.

 

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In addition to the Raid 5 and Raid 0 setup on the Hyper-V server, I also have a USB 3.0 4bay drive enclosure attached with 4 1.5tb drives. Two of these are being used by WHSv1 VM, which is now fully up and running and in production backing everyone up every night.

 

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Very impressive and nice setup. I am in the process of revisiting untangle so we will have to have a separate discuusion on that subject as I would like to get your inputs.

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pcdoc, I love Untangle, but only use it as a UTM and let pfSense be the router. I don't want to hyjack this thread, so I posted a longer response over in the Virtualization forum.

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Nothing real exciting about my setup right now. I pulled the OS drive out of a Dell Inspiron 580 that I got off of Dell Outlet and put in a new 1.5Tb hard drive to try out WHS2011.

 

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Nothing real exciting about my setup right now. I pulled the OS drive out of a Dell Inspiron 580 that I got off of Dell Outlet and put in a new 1.5Tb hard drive to try out WHS2011.

 

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How does it run with 2 gigs of RAM? Have you noticed performance issues or heavy disk activity?

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I propably have THE most boring setup around here..

 

I'm just running it in a simple VirtualBox VM on my desktop computer, C2D E8400 and 2 GB of ram for the VM.

And i've just come to realize, how much virtualbox sucks with USB devices.. I tried to get my VM to see usb-stick, so i could mess around with BitLocker. Needless to say, no joy.

 

I just wish Virtual PC would run 64bit guests....

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