Lot's of interest at our IT Camp Events on using Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 with Hyper-V Server Virtualization. Here's the key take-aways:
So, how can you better leverage Hyper-V if you only have the Essentials or Standard editions and want to play with Server Virtualization? The answer is: Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 … and, better yet, it's FREE! Here's the 10 steps to try for yourself:
That's it! Now, just test logging in and accessing your new virtualized SBS 2011 server, and, if successful, wipe and re-use the old physical server box for something else!
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Cloud and Enterprise platforms. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at http://aka.ms/AskKeith.