I’ll be honest, I probably don’t talk about Essentials Business Server enough.  Sure, it’s not directly linked with virtualisation, but hey, it’s still a very cool package of technologies for the mid-market space.

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What is it, I hear you say?  Well, if you want the official description…

“Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is an enterprise-class server solution designed and priced for midsize businesses. Windows Essential Business Server 2008 provides a unified Administration Console to manage an integrated IT infrastructure with the latest versions of management, messaging, and security server technologies.  By helping to improve IT manageability and reliability, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 turns a midsize IT infrastructure into a strategic asset, boosting productivity and growth”

If you want my opinion, simply put, it’s a well priced combination of the right technologies to enable a mid-market-sized customer to embrace key, innovative technologies like Exchange 2007, Forefront Security, and System Center Essentials, to name but a few, and, similarly with Small Business Server, it’s all packaged up in such a way, that makes it easy to deploy and configure.

What’s this got to do with Virtualisation?  Well, one of the fundamental areas of virtualisation, is consolidation, and EBS, well, it ships on 4 servers.  If you’re a mid-market customer, you may be thinking, hmmm, with this new-fangled virtualisation, could I run it on less?

Yes is the answer, and this document contains some very important information and guidance around virtualising the different parts of EBS, so if you’re thinking about it, this document is definitely worth a read.  It talks about R1 of Hyper-V, but you should be armed with enough information by now to easily translate that across to R2 :-)

Get it here.