With recent discussions I have had with hiring managers virtualization has been a big topic. I have some experience with virtualization but not enough to consider myself a pro.

I have not been a fan of Microsoft’s virtualization technology, however it makes sense now to increase my knowledge since many companies use Server, 2008, 2012 and 2016 which come with the option to load Hyper-V. (a.k.a. it’s built in to the server OS)

Since my acquisition of a new server I decided to try my hand with Hyper-V. I am fairly impressed with everything I have tested so far. I have installed every desktop os from WinXP through Win10. (I know XP is the cockroach that won’t die but I tested it anyway.) and I have installed WHS v1 and WHS 2011. SBS, Server 2008, 2012, 2016 Essentials and Linux mate.

Yes, I installed Linux and it installed a heck of a lot better in a Hyper-V environment than it usually does on a desktop pc. I haven’t tried installing Mac OSX yet, but I don’t really see the point either.

It is fair to say I have geeked out with the Hyper-V environment.

Now that I have installed and played around with various operating systems I will be working on setting up different roles for these machines. Probably have the 2016 essentials image set up to use AD. or maybe the main os I am not sure yet.

It is unlikely I will use half the operating systems I have installed on the server at the moment, but they are there if and or when I decide I want to tinker with them.

Basically the server is now my lab. Something I couldn’t really do before with the media server since the family uses it for watching their tv shows and movies. (they would get mad if I broke because I was tinkering) I need to max out the memory on the server if I really want to utilize more powerful roles for the other operating systems on the server. 16 gig’s will not do.

I have a small i3 sitting around, I will probably install ESXI on so I can get familiar with VMware’s “professional” suite.

Until next time…