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    Any chance of a pointer toward how to Virtualise please SimpleSi - is it a Wicki somewhere?
    I haven't any docs of my own
    I've done mine using VMServer (which used to be free - but looking at their website now - I'm not sure if it still is?)

    Maybe someone else knows the current situation as to what's free to use?

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    If you are virtualising you will want to use a type 1 hypervisor based system that allows the VMs much more direct access to the hardware meaning that they are way faster. There are a few free systems Microsofts Hyper-V server, VMWares ESXi and Xen which can do this. The easiest route though is probably to use the version of Hyper-V included in Server 2008 R2 which gives you a nice GUI based VM server environment making it much closer in learning terms to an bare metal server.

    If you get Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise it will give you licenses for up to four VMs.


    The virtualisation webcast episodes linked in these shold be helpful:

    Edit: @SimpleSi - VMWare Server is still free to use and download but is a type 2 hypervisor so all the VMs ls go through the VM software then through the host OS then to the hardware which makes it massivly slower than a type 1 solution. You can transfer a VM from Server to ESXi really easily if you want to but you loose the ability to have the base OS on the box if you are currently using it to run something also. Additionally it works much better if your CPU has virtualisation extentions like VT and won't host 64bit OSs without them.
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    Ta for info - i'll try that out the next time I buy a real server

    regards

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