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My buddy's and I are trying to open up a server hosting business focused around giving our users as close to ROOT access as possible. Ideally if we could run virtual instances of Windows for our clients with something like LogMeIn access this would cover all our bases.

I've read about Hyper_V and this sounds tempting but what type of price can I expect to get that set up, and what are some other alternatives ?
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Another alternative would be Oracle's Virtualbox - freeware. Despite being free it seems to have most of the features of VMWare and it would probably be a good hypervisor for a few VMs - dunno if it behaves well with say tenths of VMs on multi-CPU servers.
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Are these systems difficult to set up? are there any tutorials readily avaialable?
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Are these systems difficult to set up? are there any tutorials readily avaialable?

Have you tried VMware vSphere Hypervisor? It's free, baremetal, and pretty damn useful. biggrin.gif
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I was going to upgrade my vmware server 2.0 to vshere hyper since its free and you eliminate the host OS. Unfortunately it has strict hardware compatibility. You can find the list on there website.
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VMware ESXi is the best and easiest, but it is expensive ($2,000 per year). Though it is awesome for moving live VM's, and lots of other tools.

There is Virtualbox and xenserver that are offered free for basic things, and then paid versions (of Xenserver) offer vmotion-like options.

Does your friend have a solid backup structure in place, and lots of virtualization experience? You guys try using Amazon's EC2 and think you can match it or beat it in important area's?
    
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VMware ESXi is the best and easiest, but it is expensive ($2,000 per year). Though it is awesome for moving live VM's, and lots of other tools.

ESXi is free. You pay for support and more features beyond the basic free version of ESXi.

You can run ESXi 3.5 on old hardware (x86)
You can run ESXi 4.x on new hardware (x64)

There is a hardware compatibility list that you need to look at before deciding on which one you want.

Another option I would look into is Proxmox-VE. An even more free option with more features available.
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I'm a big VBox fan but i always assumed it was not intended for enterprise/production environment usage. Haven't tried v.4 though, perhaps that was quite the upgrade?

Also Hyper-V's main advantage I think is that it's Windows-based. Outside of that I have read almost entirely complaints about it as compared to the alternatives (I have little to no experience with Hyper-V).

For accessing the hosts and VMs you can as easily use remote desktop. Personally I prefer it much more. There are RDP managers available from MS and others that makes connecting to a selected machine (physical or otherwise) incredibly easy.
 
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Have you tried VirtualBox? its free and literally walks you through step by step on making a VM
    
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