Hi folks. Got a client wanting me to support a SBS 2008 environment. I want to install a copy on my Dell desktop in a virtual server environment. Is this even supported? I'm running Windows 7 64 bit. Could get either MS or third party Virtual running quickly but it appears that SBS 2008 is hardware dependent? Am I reading this right? Does it need a specific 64 bit environment or will it run in a virtual server (ie. Hypervisor, VMWare, etc.)
Any gotcha's would be gratefully appreciated.
My desktop has 8 GBs RAM (I could add more), plenty of TBs of hard drive, and 64 bit W7. I could get a DNS entry if needed.
However, wanting to install a copy on your desktop is another matter. I'd assume your desktop isn't within the same network as your client's SBS, which means that all of the networking configuration wouldn't work. You could probably simulate some of the things necessary to have a test environment, but not all.
The question really is... why do you want to do this? Because there may be other ways to do what you are trying to accomplish.
Jeffrey B. Kane Small Business Technology Consultant TechSoEasy San Diego, California USA
SBS 2008 Licensing allows you, if you wish to run SBS as a guest on HyperV, something to be aware off. You could 'build the customers SBS server virtually' on your desktop, but as mentioned, there are some issues. They can be fixed with the wizards, connect to internet, fix my network. But I'd advise only doing that as a test platform and use the virtualisation platform that the customer will have, otherwise your converting from a virtual platform to another or worse a physical install.
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