Firstly, my apologies in advance if this post is not in the right forum :)
I'm hoping to get a some advice + suggestions around best approach to setup a virtual server lab.
- this lab will be used to develop software.
Current available physical resources are:
5 x desktop PC's dc7900 or similar model (64 bit)
1 x dl165 server (96Gb ram, 2 x 300Gb, 2 x 2Tb HDD's)
1 x qnap nas (2Tb)
2xGigabit network switch
MSDN licences from MS
Requirement is development environments for:
Needless to say, this will also require
- AD / file / print / iis
I am restricted by budget and resources above.
Hyper V core on the dl165 (not on domain)
1 x DC using a PC (as physical DC)
1 x system centre essentials on PC to manage lab
1 x AD / FP / IIS - Server 2k8 R2 - virtual 4gb vram, 1 CPU
1 x SQL 2k8 - virtual, 8gb vram, 1 CPU (shared server, multiple instances if required)
1 x exchange - virtual 8gb vram, 1 CPU
1 x sharepoint - virtual 8gb vram, 1 CPU
n x dev environments - virtual 8gb vram, 1 CPU
also, a bunch of virtual windows 7 desktops for the developers to RDP in and use
I have also considered putting exchange or SQL onto the desktop PC's to alleviate load on the virtual box.
Being a development environment, performance is not the primary requirement as long as it is relatively usabale, but stability is.
Any suggestions / recommendations on improvement (other than buying new hardware....) would be appreciated.