Was talking with a friend a few nights back about how to dual-boot between Vista and Windows Server 2008. He was having some troubles with it so I suggested instead of Dual-booting, he should try and use virtualization product as his host OS and run his Client OS’s on top of it. Dual-boot I think is best for his situation, but if he was having troubles, virtualization might be the trick. Now I don’t have much experience with the VMware product, but I know they have something that will do this and I also mentioned Microsoft is releasing something along the same lines. I had saw a blog post about it a while back, but nothing else. I told my friend I would look for the information and pass it along when I found something.
Last Wednesday, I noticed throughout the blogs I read that Microsoft released their product , Hyper-V Server. It was nice finding it in the RSS feeds, because I don’t have to go digging up the info for my friend.
From what I can tell, Microsoft’s product is basically like Windows 2008 Server Core without the option to add any roles except virtualization. You also need a Vista or another Server with a gui to manage the Hyper-V server. Depending on how many virtual machines you want to get going, you’re probably going to want to have loads of ram, good CPU’s and lots of hard disk space
To get information on Hyper-V Server, got Microsoft’s Hyper-V homepage at http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/default.mspx