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    We have deployed it in production on several clients systems using multiple node clusters using SANS and single servers and it's been rock solid.

    Typically using HP Proliants dual quads with 32gb and dual 146gb drives running R2 Enterprise.
    All VHDs running from the San

    I recently had to set up a small Independent Branch Office for a client, used a cheap DL 110 rack mount with 2x500 and 2x1Tb SATA drives running 2008 Std Hyper-v
    Put the DC including a Line of business Foxpro DB on one VM and an RDP server on another.
    Put this in the rack at Head Office and published the apps using App-V over the 4mb leased line to the 4 clients in a Regus Business centre on the other side of town.

    The clients have no idea how it works it just does and they are over the moon with it's reliability and performance.

    Hyper-v rocks and if your on a schools agreement paying for VMWare seems a bit pointless.

    P2V conversions are done using the Microsoft Disk2vhd utility which is free.

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    We've got out Hyper-V server running on 4 HDDs in RAID 0+1 - right now its supporting 5 VMs perfectly and looking at the performance tools in Windows it could do many more.
    SANs are a good idea if you need fail over (server dies but the hard drives are safe and they then get migrated over to your backup server) but in some cases could be seen as an unnesscary expense.

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    Wow this thread has been resureccted from 2008.

    Anyway, we have a 7 server Hyper-V setup which hosts around 30 servers. Dc's, SharePoint, SQL Server, Terminal Servers anything and everything.

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    we run Hyper-V on a Dell 2950 running about 9 servers including Printing! We use an Axstor iSCSI with it plus local storage. We have a another Dell to play with now though with 2x6core Xeons and plenty of RAM so we'll start some load balancing and failover soon.

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    We use Hyper V for four Virtual Servers. Also have a good script to shut them down at night, copy the VHD file to the network backup server, then bring them back on line again. So in the event of a complete disaster we have a VHD file to assign to any virtual machine / server program and be live again. Wasnt that hard to setup either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m25man View Post
    Hyper-v rocks and if your on a schools agreement paying for VMWare seems a bit pointless.
    That was my reasoning behind using it.
    I initially installed it just to test, assuming that it wouldnt be great, and assuming we'd have to go the VMWare route to 'properly' virtualise.
    But its been perfect, as you say, rock solid

    Got it running on a Dell Poweredge R710, dual quad xeons, 32GB RAM, 15k SAS drives with 6 servers and a few machines for testing, and not seen any performance issues.

    It'll be even better when SP1 comes out and dynamic memory is introduced
    Last edited by sidewinder; 30th September 2010 at 09:59 AM.

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