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New Study Machine Questions - Hyper-V

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by nXPLOSi, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Hi All,

    I know some of you are very experienced in the virtual world so I am hoping you can help me!

    I have always used VMWare on my laptop for studying purposes. The laptop runs an i5, 6GB RAM and standard HDD. It has performed pretty well overall for running 1-2 servers and a client over the last few years, but as you can imagine, it's at its limits!

    I have picked out a new machine running an i7-4790, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD with a 2TB HDD. It will be running Windows 8.1 Pro and as far as I can tell, the OS and spec support all the requirements to run Hyper-V.

    I am aware there are only 8 threads on the i7, but this machine is only for study purposes so the machines won't be running anything too heavy and only running perhaps 3-4 VM's at once. How will the machine stack up? I know it will be a massive improvement in comparison to what I have now, but I don't want to spend out and then find there is a bottleneck holding me back!

    Thanks... :thumbleft
     
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  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    It will be perfectly fine mate, my dedicated esx hosts run 3770 cpus with 32GB of ram off standard spinning tin (via a Synology DS1513+) just fine, I would run the VM's from the 2TB drive first, see how they perform and then if you want move them over to the SSD, just remember that space is a premium with 256GB so you may be better running from spinning tin when you can (all my VM's that I run off my laptop run from the spinning disk rather than SSD because of that reason).
     
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  3. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Thanks Simon, I'm glad to hear it will do what I'm after!

    I think I will look at getting a larger SSD as the plan was to use that to run the VM's on. I'll have a look at the price difference and see if it is worth the extra, if not I'll run off the 2TB drive and see how I get on. I could always add an SSD if required later.
     
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