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  • What VM to install on Server 2011?

    Hello everyone!
    I've recently purchased Windows Home Server 2011. I'm using this for remote file sharing for my extended family as it is very easy to use for them.

    My install is:
    -Asus P8B-C/4L Server Motherboard
    -12G ECC
    -Xeon E3-1230v2
    -2TB (upgrading soon)

    I would like to install a VMserver of some type on the box and looking to remote in from the internet to access my VMs. Initially, I would like to remote in and have my choice of either BT5, CentOS, Win7, or WinXP. No idea what I would use to remote in with, though I have seen a lot of posts referring to VNC.
    I have little experience using VMs and would love some thoughts and suggestions as to what sort of setup would work.

    -I have looked all over for something which would work for me. Either I find enterprise solutions or private network solutions.

    Any help would be great help!
    -Chris
    Last edited by pointman1921; 14th August 2012, 04:07. Reason: More accurate title

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    Re: What VM to install on Server 2011?

    Er, Windows Home Server itself, has an excellent remote access module that allows you to remote desktop to any suitable client attached to home server.
    What are you asking?
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    • #3
      Re: What VM to install on Server 2011?

      Personally I would strip the data off the machine, wipe it and install VMWARE vSphere 5 (if the hardware will take it - look at the whitebox lists). Then put Home Server as one of the guests.

      The other option would be HyperV server, again with Home Server as a guest.

      Getting the message to NOT use Home Server as the host yet?

      Otherwise you are looking at something like VMWARE Player, but I wouldn't like to leave that running all the time running anything "server-ish".

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      • #4
        Re: What VM to install on Server 2011?

        Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I ended up going with ESXi and just setting up WHS2011 on that.
        I am having some issues with port-forwarding since I'm not really sure how the forwarding works in a VM environment. I might be back looking for some answers on that in a few.

        But thank you again for the suggestions. I appreciate it! Saved me a lot of time and headache trying to run something that was better suited running elsewhere.
        -Chris

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        • #5
          Re: What VM to install on Server 2011?

          There is no difference with port forwarding in VM compared to physical. It works in the same way. Therefore the fact that you are using VM to host the Windows server has nothing to do with it being on a VM.

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