Vitaliy S. wrote:Hi Andrew,
Can you please tell me a bit more on why you prefer Windows 8.x Hyper-V as opposed to server edition? Just trying to understand the use case, which would be helpful during discussions with the dev team.
I can probably clarify the case, as I have (i believe) a very similiar setup.
I work as microsoft solutions architect and have two laptops (Thinkpads, w530 and x230, 32gb and 16gb RAM respectively), both of which are used extensively both for regular work activities (outlook, lync, presentations, etc) as well as for lab purposes (preparing PoC for product and solutions demos). Given that they have SSD drives and enough memory, this allows me to run a full-scaled windows infrastructure demos up to 10-15 VMs running at the same time with a reasonable performance. I need to note that this lab environment lives on its own for about five years and represents an environment of a fictional company, but still have quite similiar requirements as any real production environment.
Back in Windows 7 days I had dual-boot system (7/2008R2) respectively, as I have requirements for my VMs to be on a Hyper-V for easier migration to/from our main lab environment. Nowadays with 8.1, I run them smoothly on a desktop OS without requiring a reboot to access my own lab. This is more convenient and useful, also I have a full access to the lab during business trips, etc. I currently use an external HDD for backups of those, but have to use different software than Veeam. Also, Endpoint Backup is not an option, because it lacks granular wizards (SQL, AD, Exchange) which B&R has. Given the nature of demos and PoC, I regularly face a necessity to use them, since snapshots are not always as useful as granular restore is.
As far as I aware, this scenario is quite common for our engineers/architects.