Installed Hyper-V Server 2008

I freed up a server after using VMM 2008 P2V so that gave me a machine to play with for a short while before it’s sent back into production.  I decided to installed Hyper-V Server 2008 to see if this free product would be something worth considering for us in limited production roles.

The install is easy and quick.  It’s just like installing a Core installation – heck, that’s what it is really.  When you log in you get two command prompts instead of one.  The second is a CMD based wizard.  That makes configuring the box a breeze.  I really hope the Core guys look at this, copy it and make it available to the standard Core installation as a free download (or in SP2).

We run HP machines so that requires installing the Proliant Support Pack for hardware management. Unfortunately, that’s where we hit the problems I had before with Core installation.  HP still haven’t caught up with Core.  We need a way to use their management tools from the command prompt – NO I DON’T WANT TO LEARN ANOTHER SCRIPTING LANGUAGE.

When I get a chance I want to try manage this box using System Center OpsMgr and VMM 2008 to see what happens.

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