I have spent the better part of today building out a temporary Hyper-V server. It is sort of a proof of concept of the super server that I would like to build and the same on that I asked for suggestions on a couple days ago. I took my second quad-core box and scavenged some drives from my Media Center (I have a post idea on shrinking Vista volumes now!) and built out the following -
Intel Core@ Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz Intel DP35DP MoBo 8gigs RAM (Can't recall specs) ATI Radeon 550 1 - Seagate 200g Drive (Boot/System) 3 - Maxtor 500g 7200 RPM SATA drive in a RAID0 Stripe (VM Image Storage)
Intel Core@ Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
Intel DP35DP MoBo
8gigs RAM (Can't recall specs)
ATI Radeon 550
1 - Seagate 200g Drive (Boot/System)
3 - Maxtor 500g 7200 RPM SATA drive in a RAID0 Stripe (VM Image Storage)
Not exactly a server class machine and it has zero redundancy but it is just a proof of concept for now.
I dropped on Windows 2008 Enterprise, joined my domain, patched up, installed Hyper-V and started building images. I am going back in time as build images. Currently I am only as far back as Windows 2003/XP. I may not even build everything out and some of it may not even be possible. The images I have installed are shown running in the pic, the rest are just place holders.
Tomorrow I am going to build a few more images out and get SCVMM up an running to help manage everything. Already it has turned out to be a very capable test environment and has me jazzed up to build the super server and virtualize almost my entire home network. In the past couple of months I have made up my mind to get rid as many of the machines I have as I can to save on electricity and cool off the basement.
As soon as I get SCVMM up an running I am going to do some testing about using P2V to bring my existing physical boxes into VM's.
If you REALLY want to push the envelope, drop on Server 2008 Core or Hyper-V Server 2008. Lower footprint = More ram for images... :)
RSAT on Vista with the Hyper-V addon will let you do the rest.
I've gotten about 7 Co-existing happily, the biggest issue is ram (Board maxes at 8gb) and throughput (500gb drive only transfers so fast, so bootup is a tad slow) but when running I've had at least two Exchange 2007 coexisting, Two Server 2008, Vista (64 bit version) Two Server 2003's (and a server 2008 core) all happily co-existing with minimal CPU hit.
This was a on a DUO core. With Quad... :) Well let's just say *Voooooom*
I am going to take one of the machines that I P2V and make it a Core Hyper-V server. I am loading up most of the images with minimal RAM. I feel confident that if I can get the OSes to load that I can get all of the OSes up and running at the same time even on an 8gig machine.
Where's Microsoft Bob? No respect.