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post #1 of 13
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I'm looking to virtualize all of my servers (DNS, Email, Web, etc) and I have both Windows Server 2008 R2 and ESXi. I just wanted to know which would perform better for running multiple VMs at once.

Note: This is for a small-scale hosting business (Like just for people I know that own small businesses + for people I know who want to buy VPS's).

Also, I've noticed the lack of CPU support on ESXi, would a Phenom 965 work with it?
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post #2 of 13
I've noticed VMware is just more stable, less resource intensive and just plain operates on a different level then Hyper-V. I've used both, I work with Hyper-V, but play with VMware.

You can check out the ESXi compatibility guide for that CPU architecture.

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?source=web&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CB0QFjAA&url=http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl&rct=j&q=esxi%20compatibility&ei=phuRTuPRN6vOiAK88JXNCA&usg=AFQjCNEXuH3H1BNILfm7AMoBNO0jQXhT-g&sig2=mR2JoQ9JfKvJh5q_TP-WVg
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The first post in this thread shows a screenshot of ESXi 5.0 running with a 965. So I think the answer would be yes it works, but is not officially supported.
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post #4 of 13
Having used both . I feel that Hyper-V just dont offer the same spec and proformance as ESXi .

The next version of Hyper-V might be up to tbe job



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I've haven't tried ESXi, but I felt Hyper V just didn't have the performance it should've had. I tried Proxmox VE on the same hardware and noticed better performance.
    
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post #6 of 13
I've only used Hyper-V and VMWare thus far and each one has its own strengths.
From what I've read/heard just make sure your hardware is compatible with EXSi and use that over Hyper-V.
post #7 of 13
I run Hyper-V on a Dual E5620? xeon 32gb ram. Virtualising 5 machines, an email server, a terminal server, 2x file servers, and a dc. It does pretty good to be honest.. If you want to do more than that, then i can't really offer any judgement. I deal with probably max 70 users over the network.
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I've played around with ESXi and XenServer at home but in the end went to Hyper-V at work for simplicity. I'm running x2 Server 2008R2 VMs (one DC+more and one running MS ForeFront for our firewall/web filtering/logging) and x2 Ubuntu servers (Dansguardian logging/filtering and one for monitoring/web services) and I've not had any issues regarding performance.

I admit that there's probably more flexibility in ESXi's virtual networking though.

I'm using Server Core 2008R2 as our Hyper-V host to keep it as speedy/secure as possible.
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Originally Posted by Jaffa Cakes!;15317158 
I've played around with ESXi and XenServer at home but in the end went to Hyper-V at work for simplicity. I'm running x2 Server 2008R2 VMs (one DC+more and one running MS ForeFront for our firewall/web filtering/logging) and x2 Ubuntu servers (Dansguardian logging/filtering and one for monitoring/web services) and I've not had any issues regarding performance.

I admit that there's probably more flexibility in ESXi's virtual networking though.

I'm using Server Core 2008R2 as our Hyper-V host to keep it as speedy/secure as possible.

I was playing with ESXi a lot, but got bored of it and now I am redoing my server with Debian 6, and hosting Minecraft in a VM. smile.gif The problem I was having with ESXi was that accessing my VM FreeNAS shares were extremely slow.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by cubanresourceful;15324163 
I was playing with ESXi a lot, but got bored of it and now I am redoing my server with Debian 6, and hosting Minecraft in a VM. smile.gif The problem I was having with ESXi was that accessing my VM FreeNAS shares were extremely slow.

So now using Xen?

Xen is very, very good. I love ESXi because of the interface. It's much easier to manage your VMs using VSphere than connecting to consoles with Xen.

I do love Xen, but honestly ESXi is pretty amazing. I have 3 dedicated boxes, two use Xen and 1 uses ESXi 5. I am going to be going from Xen to ESXi on my next box for sure.
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