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Everyone

 

OK, I have played with the Virtualisation packages from Oracle, Microsoft and VMware and at this point I am wondering if anyone has any comments on only virtualizing the WHS-2011 (OS) portion and keeping the Database on physical drives. In others words virtual WHS OS + physical disk.

 

Pros:

Ability to make use of single box for multiple Os.

Data Database would not be affected in case of virtual malfunction

 

Cons:

Any data issues possible?

Any data problems under WHS-2011 (maybe with DE in WHS-V1 but not 2011 or I am missing something)

 

I would appreciate your comments on such a Virtual WHS-2011 + Physical build... should it be considered with WHS-2011?

 

TheGuy

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My WHS 2011 is virtualized in Hyper -V (for now, soon to be ESXi) and the data drives are coming from an iSCSI SAN. What you want to do makes sense and should not present any issues, depending on how you do it.

 

As long as the data drive is on the same box as the virtual host, you can present that "offline drive" to the virtual OS. I've done this with a backup drive for WHS and it works just fine. The advantage of ESXi over Hyper-V is the ability to pass thru external USB devices, say for backup.

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My WHS 2011 is virtualized in Hyper -V (for now, soon to be ESXi) and the data drives are coming from an iSCSI SAN. What you want to do makes sense and should not present any issues, depending on how you do it.

 

As long as the data drive is on the same box as the virtual host, you can present that "offline drive" to the virtual OS. I've done this with a backup drive for WHS and it works just fine. The advantage of ESXi over Hyper-V is the ability to pass thru external USB devices, say for backup.

 

 

The box/server will be connected via a 4 bay "Sans Digital" unit that will act as a JBOD or Raid (if I have the guts..) which will be directly connected to the box/server; so there will be a real physical link. I will be using VMware for this, so I am hoping it will work out. I need to learn more about ESXi... ;)

 

anyone else?

 

all comments are welcomed... just looking at all options.

 

Thank you

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OK one more question and then I'm done... maybe

 

Should one set up a server with WHS-2011 / virtual WHS OS + physical disk or could one use a regular Win-7 box and use something like VMware Workstation to run the WHS-2011-OS? Would that work just as well...?

 

Might be a bit less complicated...

 

Just a crazy thought, but I had to ask.

 

Thank you again.

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Virtualization depends on hardware, mainly RAM. While in Iraq, I did run a V1 box from VMWare workstation with an enternal 2TB drive for storage so I know it can be done. Was it the best thing to do, ummm, no.

 

What available equipment do you have?

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Hmmm...

 

Right now I have a Asus board running 16GB ram DDR3 1600 i5 760 CPU.

 

but I can get my hands on whatever I would require...any suggestions?

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