[SASAG] Virtualizing MS Windows

Justin Clayton justin at claytons.net
Fri Jun 8 09:07:35 PDT 2007


I've been doing a lot of R&D on various virtualization platforms over
the past several months, and while each has its technical merits, my
budget ultimately determined the winner for virtualizing Windows
services. Purchasing a copy of Windows 2003 Server in either the
Enterprise or Datacenter edition gets you free licensing of the
Windows guests (4 in the case of Enterprise, and unlimited for
Datacenter). Compare this to running under VMware ESX 3 and you're
talking as potential savings of $10-20K.

FWIW, Red Hat also has a very similar licensing structure when
para-virtualizing RHEL5 guests using Xen. While VMware wins on
interface and interoperability, the feature gap is not worth the
additional cost for us. YMMV.

--Justin Clayton
justin at claytons.net

On 6/7/07, Atom Powers <atom.powers at gmail.com> wrote:
> Much to my dismay, the number of MS Windows only services that I need
> to support seems to be growing. Most of them are fairly low-load but
> because of the nature of MS Windows applications I would like to
> dedicate a server for each application. Obviously purchasing a server
> for each service is very inefficient.
>
> Can anybody recommend a product that I can use to run multiple MS
> Windows services without purchasing a ton of hardware? I have 4-5 MS
> Windows services that I need to "upgrade" in the next couple months.
>
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