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I do not know.....never tried it...thought about it a couple of times.

 

Well shoot, now I've got to try it.  I won't be able to get it out of my head if I don't give it a shot.

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I'm not sure you can pass a GPU through to a VM. All the ones I've used had their own abstracted GPU, usually not very powerful. Passing HDMI out of a VM to a TV would be an interesting experiment for sure -- I just wouldn't get my hopes too high.

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My issue is getting a wireless connection for the Samsung TV.  I know it's capable because of all the Apps on there, but being overseas I have not had much time to fool with it.

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Hey guys, just letting you know I haven't given up on this or disappeared, just busy with other things.  I've got the hardware pretty much put together and will start testing some things soon.

 

By the way, I think I may give Hyper-V a shot first.  After further research, I may run into some hardware compatibility issues with ESXi.  Yes, the setup/management of Hyper-V is tougher, but I've found some 3rd party management tools (both remote and console-based) that may make things easier.  I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes.

 

Quick question for all of you server guys.  I plan on booting the hypervisor (either Hyper-V or ESXi) from a USB stick and placing my VMs on an SSD.  Any issues with either of these?  Does the SSD give me any real advantages for my scenario?  If not, I've got a small spindle drive I can use for the VM datastore (and the hypervisor too if needed).

 

One other question:  Has anyone ever played around with XenServer?  If so, how does it compare with the other options for my situation?

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I could possibly see the Hyper-V Server, the one with no GUI, running on a USB stick, but I think running Windows Server with the Hyper-V Role from a USB stick would be a mistake.

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I stand corrected.  Damn, made it all the way to July this year without a mistake....slipping in my old age.    :lol:

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Yes, I'm speaking of the free version, no GUI.  I didn't link it, but there's actually a technet entry from MS on how to do it as well.

 


What about the SSD for the VMs?  Do you think it will provide any significant advantage for me?

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