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Anyone running a virtual server on WHS 2011?


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I know a lot of folks are running WHS 2011 inside a VM but I'm curious if anyone is running a virtual server on Windows Home Server 2011 in order load other OS's.

 

I have this huge 2011 server and it doesn't do much during the day so I was thinking about running another OS on it to perform some of my media functions. Instead of loading 10 apps on the server I would only load the VM app and then load all the apps in a virtual environment instead of mucking up the server.

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I'm hoping to try that in a test set-up but I don't have the HW yet -- I'd be very curious about the stability and reliability of such a system.

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yeah it can be done. If all you're doing with it is encoding type stuff, it doesn't need to be rock stable. If you want to do media scheduling and HTPC type of use, it'll also work. I would just plan to have to monkey with it on occasion.

 

Based on the conversations here. I've been using Vbox for over a week now and I'm unimpressed with it. Maybe I'm just spoiled or something.

 

I still would either load apps onto the server or VM all the OS's in 2k8R2 you have it might as well use it, unless there is something specific that you need to run WHS2011 on baremetal

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I tried doing this a while back. I have WHS2011 installed as the base OS and then tried using VirtualBox to run Window 7. In my Windows 7 environment I had the latest version of SageTV running and trying to use a Collossus capture card. I didn't have much luck as I seemed to get a lot of stuttering. Others have mentioned that WHS and a HTPC are probably not the best combination on 1 box.

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@nocontrol I don't mind monkeying with the VM what I don't want is to monkey with the WHS. My 2011 install has gone untouched almost from day one. I'm very happy with it. In fact I like the idea of being able to monkey with the Win7 VM and trash if needed.

I would be using the VM to encode, share iTunes music, run apps for iPad, etc. Remote Potato, etc. I would also be curious if it could access HDHR tuners and record TV but if it didn't I wouldn't be that upset about it.

 

@csk Was it a Ram issue? Did you dig into it?

 

One requirement would be to share folders from the server to the VM. Wouldn't do much good to have an iTunes server and not be able to share the music.

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I'm looking at bumping up the RAM in my 2011 server to 16GB. Less than a Benjamin to get it delivered. I have plenty of hard drives too.

 

I wonder if unTangle would run in Virtual Box?

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I'm looking at bumping up the RAM in my 2011 server to 16GB. Less than a Benjamin to get it delivered. I have plenty of hard drives too.

 

I wonder if unTangle would run in Virtual Box?

 

I'll be interested in the Untangle bit too since I couldn't get it to work in 2008R2.

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This is a good idea. I have v2 in a vm on s2008r2 and don't really care for it. However, I do like having the VM's. What is the name of the MS type 2 product? I may have to give this a try as my s2008r2 has been shut down for a couple weeks because I am not using v2 until a service pack is out and it corrects the bugs so I have a lot of time to try things like this out.

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Hey guys

 

I have WHS2011 running and on top of that I have VMworkstation installed running esxi 4.1. I have about 5 VMs running on it. It's a bit slow, but I'm thinking that the issue is the memory. I maxed out my WHS with 8Gigs. If I could get WHS to see 16Gigs, then I should be good to go.

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Hey guys

 

I have WHS2011 running and on top of that I have VMworkstation installed running esxi 4.1. I have about 5 VMs running on it. It's a bit slow, but I'm thinking that the issue is the memory. I maxed out my WHS with 8Gigs. If I could get WHS to see 16Gigs, then I should be good to go.

 

 

whs2011 will only recognize 8GB RAM....yet another reason not to use whs2011 as the host with vm

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