A quick one to throw out to the community for Small Business consultants. I recently heard of a practice in using the SBS 2008 media as a hosting environment for Hyper-V. I passed this along to some experts who threw some of the loudest magical words at me as if I had spat upon Steve Ballmer’s shoes.
Now in truth and all fairness, there is a LOT of confusion in the community regarding the licensing. When you get the SBS 2008 Media (Standard edition) it DOES have two keys. So naturally many assumed; being is for Physical and one for Virtual, they are two licenses.
They are not. And even getting past if they WERE, the SBS 2008 media does not have a Microsoft sanctioned version of Hyper-V on it. That’s not to say the Hyper-V isn’t there, it IS. But it doesn’t work ANY way near the way ANY normal Hyper-V environment does. And being that the Server Standard, Enterprise, DataCenter and FREE versions all work identically; I mark the one you find on SBS 2008 as a “never meant for release” version. Ergo, not supported, buggy, unstable.
Don’t use it.
Your alternate (if you’re bent on using Virtualization) is to just download the absolutely FREE Hyper-V Server 2008R2. It has ALL the capabilities to virtualize that environment. It runs exactly like Server 2008 R2 Core, and as an added bonus is a little trickier to just go in and mess with and therefore be messed up by third party consultants touching your work. (in Workgroup mode, you need to manually turn on things and your management system needs to match that)
I’m not going to get into licensing arguments with anybody, we all have opinions and Licensing from ANY company would send Aristotle running off for a 24 of Molson Canadian!
But a platform NEVER released as a Production Feature by the designer is a problem waiting to happen when PUT into production. Especially when there are multiple free solutions from third party vendors and Microsoft.
Just remember this. When you’re deploying a production environment, if it FEELS like a workaround or a band aid for a machine going into production? Remember, bandaids break and cause bigger problems down the road. Use a little common sense, slow down and trust your better instincts.
Hacks are fun for home and playing with and learning. Keep those skills for recovery, don’t implement them into production.
The Energized Tech