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Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2 You can improve the efficiency of your server hardware and reduce the costs of running and maintaining that hardware by consolidating multiple server workloads onto fewer physical systems. The following table identifies the basic tasks required to use Hyper-V to consolidate server workloads.
Task Identify the workloads that are the best candidates for virtualization. Assess your hardware requirements based on the type and number of servers that you want to consolidate.
Description You can use the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator, which helps gather performance data and generates reports that identify the best candidates for server virtualization. For more information about the tool, see Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? LinkID=111301). You need to assess the processing, storage, and networking requirements of all the workloads that will run on one physical server to determine the hardware requirements of the physical server. For more information about hardware requirements and maximum configurations for Hyper-V, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=129920.
Determine which Licensing for Windows Server 2008 includes usage rights for virtualized edition of Windows fits environments. The number of virtualized instances you can run according to your consolidation terms of the licensing agreement varies by edition. For more information, see plans. the licensing information at the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=111302). Identify the management tool that suits the needs of your organization.
Use Hyper-V Manager, the management snap-in provided with the
role. You can use Hyper-V Manager to connect to one physical computer at a time. For information about using Hyper-V Manager for configuration tasks, see the various topics in this Help.
Use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage larger-scale
consolidation, such as a virtualized data center. You can use Virtual Machine Manager to manage multiple physical computers at the same time. For more information, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/? LinkID=111303.
Create a custom management solution using the Hyper-V SDK. For
information about the Hyper-V WMI provider, see the MSDN site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=108564).
Install the Hyper-V role on the physical servers that will run the role. Create the virtual machines or migrate them from physical servers. Test the workloads to ensure that they perform as expected.
For instructions about installing Hyper-V, see the Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=108560).
For instructions about creating virtual machines, see Create Virtual Machines. For general information about using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to migrate physical servers, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=111303. Refer to performance data and any other criteria that you gathered when you assessed the physical servers to identify the candidates for virtualization. Gather similar data for the virtualized workloads and compare it to the original data to determine whether performance is acceptable.
microsoft. membership in the local Administrators group. is the minimum required to complete this procedure.Additional considerations • By default. see the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library (http://go. However. or equivalent. Additional references • For more information about Hyper-V. an administrator can use Authorization Manager to modify the authorization policy so that a user or group of users can complete this procedure.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93752). see Using Authorization Manager for Hyper-V Security (http://go. For more information.com/fwlink/?LinkId=142886).microsoft. .