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Part II: Installation and Setup > Configuring SBS in Hyper-V

Chapter 6. Configuring SBS in Hyper-V

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s hypervisor-based, native Windows Server 2008 R2 virtualization solution. Virtualization is one way to simplify and consolidate your Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 server hardware. Using virtualization for your SBS network can be a cost-effective solution that provides an excellent end-user experience while also enabling improved disaster recovery and ease of management. However, virtualization is simply a tool, and one you should choose when it solves a business problem.

When we wrote the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Administrator’s Companion, virtualization was a tiny fraction of the market and almost exclusively the province of very large organizations. Microsoft had no virtualization products and provided little or no support for companies and individuals using virtualization. By the time we wrote Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 Administrator’s Companion, a huge shift had already taken place. Microsoft had bought out a virtualization company and had two products on the market: Virtual PC and Virtual Server. More and more companies were looking to virtualization as a way to consolidate servers, reduce server room footprints, and provide flexible test environments. Virtualization had gone from the “Hey, that’s kinda neat” phase to the “Hmmm, you know, that might just make sense” phase. Companies large and small were actively investigating virtualization, planning how to use it, or already deploying it.


  

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