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Hyper-V hardware spec

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Sparky, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Sparky
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    Just wondering if anyone is currently testing Hyper-V and what hardware is being used.

    Currently none of my servers in my test domain will run Server 2008 so I need to get some new kit sorted out. I have a server lined up as the DC from work (not sure about the exact spec but I know it has a Xeon processor and 1GB of RAM) so I need a member server that can run Hyper-V and eventually Exchange Server 2007. I have two Exchange 2003 servers so in time I want to migrate the back end one to Exchange 2007 but that’s a project for another day.

    Getting back to Hyper-V I’m not entirely sure what CPU I need to support it (Intel VT or AMD-V), performance isn’t a consideration here as its purely for testing and the server doesn’t need any fault tolerance, again as its just going to be used for testing.

    Either I will need to buy a cheap server or get a few components from eBuyer (for whatever) to get a Hyper-V capable machine onto the domain.

    Any pointers? 8)
     
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    Have a look at this as it would do the job and more.
     
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    Although very pricey from new this beast of a machine the Dell poweredge 2900 can be bought from EBay second hand for very low rather than in the £,£££:) but in the £££ range:)
     
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    Nice server but £620! :eek:

    Basically Im trying to get a server together that will run hyper-v without any other expenses.

    Might just stop paying the mortgage for a while and start saving up! :biggrin

    Anyone else using hyper-v?
     
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    As far as I'm aware, any CPU and mobo with VT (or AMD -V) will suffice. The more RAM the better, as usual.

    We got a plain old HP workstation in the other week, so I ripped the harddisk out and installed Hyper-V on a new one. Worked a treat.
     
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    Nice one mate, which CPU are you using?
     
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    Was an Intel Quad core (can't remember, but it was definately Q9xxx.)

    I have a Intel Q6600 at home now, which installed Hyper-V ok, but for some reason I couldn't get it to work. A bit more testing methinks, as it should all work.
     
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    Cool. Will probably find a suitable CPU from ebuyer and build a system around that, just needs to run Hyper-V so don’t need all the server add-ons, RAID etc. 8)
     
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    Wouldn't be too smart a move me would think:)
     
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    Hmm, at least I would have a Hyper-V capable server though :biggrin
     
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    Yeah, thanks that's a useful link and info.
     
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  13. AJ

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    Microsoft site a good place to look.

    Hope that is some good mate :D
     
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