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)
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.