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I'm in the market to build me a new Hyper-V server and need to know if my idea will work. In the past I have booted my VM's off a physical drives (experimenting between that and using redundant virtual images on two separate drives).

In order to mount physical drives to a Hyper-V machine, the drive must be offline so my question is this.

Could I buy one small SSD (around 60-80 gig) partition it up into pieces and boot:

1. The host machine.
2 My ADDNS Server/s.
3. IIS server.

The main issue being giving each VM direct access to a SSD partition while also allowing the host to boot from the drive.

In theory, if this works it would allow for great restart times which in the past have been..... less than impressive....
Let me know what yall think. I'm also looking to build the system for around $700 so if you can recomend a better speed solution for the money, I'm open to it ^_^

--David--
Edited by Helmsdg - 6/21/11 at 2:30pm
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You probably can if you use a RAID controller to split up your SSD into different arrays, then pass each volume into the guest VMs. Not tried it though.

TBH it won't give any real boost over just storing the VM files on the SSD anyway.
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Probably.

I know with ESXi some folks just install it on a USB stick and boot/use that. Then the rest of the drive space or SAN could be used for the VM's. More advanced tricks can be done such as having the swap space exist on the host server, and VM's reside elsewhere.

As for using the SSD for the VM's; it will be a bit limited drive space wise. With servers you turn them on and that's it. We have quite a few blades that take about 10 minutes or longer to reboot. For the money, your best bet would be to get a RAID controller like a Dell Perc 5i, and 10k or 15k rpm server grade hard drives.
    
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I'm trying to avoid those 10 min boot times. My current server is a phenom 9950BE (stock hs........BSOD....) and at times temps became an issue .... its 98 degrees today... Without having a failover Hypervisor, I want as close to instant startup as I can get and a ssd looks to be a good contestant.

I responce to the using VHD's on the ssd, I would see comparable boot/run times but I would be sacrificing ram to the host system to use the VHD's rather than direct translation from physical ssd/hdd to virtual/synthetic ram.

I have a system with 4 15K scsi320 drives in raid0 and only see about 230 a sec with absolutly horendous seek times(cheap drives or raid controller?).


EDIT**

How does this look?


--David--
Edited by Helmsdg - 6/22/11 at 10:28am
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