Solved M Server 2008 on WHS 2001

December 30, 2011 at 08:54:26
Specs: WHS 2011
We have a dedicated WHS 2011 used for business as well as personal applications. I would like to try install Server 2008 as a VM on the dedicated WHS We have a dedicated WHS 2011 used for business as well as personal applications. I would like to try install Server 2008 as a VM on the dedicated WHS 2011 in order to test, and hopefully use, the business functionality of Server 2008. The hardware is sufficiently robust and there is sufficient storage space on the dedicated server. We own a copy of Server 2008. I would like the WHS 2011 to remain functional throughout the installation process of the VM. My questions:

1) What visualization software is most appropriate? We are considering VMware Server, VMware Player, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Virtual PC, Hyper-V and VirtualBox (as long as they are supported by WHS 2011).

2) Does the setup I described above make the most sense (VM Server 2008 on existing dedicated WHS 2001)? If not, what setup makes the most sense? (Please bear in mind I would like the WHS 2011 to remain functional throughout the process.)

3) Other suggestions/pointers as to how to approach this?

Thank you in advance for your commentary.

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December 30, 2011 at 18:18:27
First, I would use VirtualBox as your VM Software (it's free and has lots of options to make the OS run better).

Second, your setup could be a problem. Windows Server 2008 needs activation. Installing it in a Virtual Machine will take up one of the licenses for the software. You can find out how many licenses you have usually listed somewhere on the box. If it is 1 license, you won't be able to install it again after you install it in a VM. If it is, say, a 5 license, you'd be okay installing it in a VM. But if it is 1 license, and you plan to use it on a real machine, you can't install it in a VM.

But I have another solution for you. It is called the TechNet Labs. It lets you try out an Operating System in your Web Browser. The downside is that it must be done in Internet Explorer, and you can only use the Operating System for 90 Minutes. To get to these labs, open this link in Internet Explorer:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

You will find labs for Windows Server 2008 on the page.

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#2
December 31, 2011 at 09:31:30
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1-5 licenses. Lets not confuse server license with client access licenses.

" and hopefully use, the business functionality of Server 2008."
If you were talking about 2008 SBS I could understand this statement but as it stands it makes no sense.

2008 server is a platform. It in itself has no 'business' application/applications. It is what you run on it ie. software that determines its usefullness.

it kinda like saying I want to try out this plot of land for my store.

So the question remains what do you plan to load on 2008 server for your business?

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February 3, 2012 at 11:55:40
Wanderer,

You are correct on the Server 2008 being a paltform. I meant to say "2008 SBS." Otherwise, my questions remain the same (regarding appropriate VM software and compitability with my current WHS 2011).

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