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I'm curious about running windows 7 as a guest os on WHS using virtualbox or something like that. Specifically, I'm wondering if this would have the juice to serve up a single media center extender. Has anyone tried this with an N40L microserver? Thanks,

 

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Next question: was this the worst post ever? Up for over a week, zero replies, zero VIEWS. Man I am a dud.

 

For the record, I have read enough to decide not even to try this. Instead I may turn my microserver box into a dedicated wmc extender source, and I will set up my whs as hyper-v guest on another box.

 

Edit: wait it's saying 50 views now, strange.

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I don't know about the N40L as the host hardware, all I've heard and read about that box is that it's neat but slow. It might work out as a source for your extender but why not just add the disk space to your WMC or WHS directly?

 

The idea of running WMC virtualized for extenders is not a bad one. I think Dave was looking into doing something similar if I'm not mistaken and certainly some other guys as well.

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Shouldn't the processor speed be plenty for an extender source? If someone could point me to someone who's tried this I would be grateful. I should note I am talking about running *at most* 2 extenders simultaneously. Also I would probably be adding an ssd pretty soon.

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Just as a data point, I ran a "headless" media center setup for a period of time as a test. I ran WMC in a Hyper-V virtual machine with only xbox 360 extenders at the TV's. It was not an HP microserver, but I don't think it would matter much - serving the extenders is more about disk I/O than CPU.

 

Everything worked fine, but I ultimately build an HTPC because I wanted a blu-ray player and also wanted the nice Netflix app on MC.

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Just as a data point, I ran a "headless" media center setup for a period of time as a test. I ran WMC in a Hyper-V virtual machine with only xbox 360 extenders at the TV's. It was not an HP microserver, but I don't think it would matter much - serving the extenders is more about disk I/O than CPU.

 

Everything worked fine, but I ultimately build an HTPC because I wanted a blu-ray player and also wanted the nice Netflix app on MC.

 

You ran headless (I'll avoid the obvious jokes). But, your server did have video capability: i.e. you could connect a monitor to it if needed?

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I'm curious about running windows 7 as a guest os on WHS using virtualbox or something like that. -snip-

 

I realize you're considering other options now but Check the show notes and the podcast 180 where Dave Jim & John talk about using VB on top of WHS2011 http://homeservershow.com/the-home-server-show-180.html

 

Like JMWills I had no issue streaming from a VM on the N40L but my host and other VM's were not all that demanding of the CPU and I am using a SSD for the Host if that made any difference. It could be a different story if you have some serious work going on elsewhere with a lot of crunching and Disk I/O.

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