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  Asked By: Darius    Date: Dec 05    Category: MOSS    Views: 629

This might be a dumb question, but is anybody running a production environment
on VMs? What are the pros and cons?

I have to provide justifications for the IT department why I need a dedicated



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Richa Verma     Answered On: Dec 05

I don't have any specific Pros and cons, but one of the cons usually mentioned
is lack of support. However, that has recently changed. Microsoft recently
expanded the list of virtualization that they support SharePoint on.

Answer #2    Answered By: Corrine Potts     Answered On: Dec 05

Yes we currently running  one FE web server as a VM, and when you call Microsoft,
they tell you "Best effort."
We are moving our production  FE servers  to physical, our DB is on a cluster but
our test FE's run as VMs.

Answer #3    Answered By: Kabeer Karkare     Answered On: Dec 05

Yes, we are running  our production  environment on VM's

So far we have had no noticeable issues. We are running 6 VM's on our ESX
cluster with a 6tb SAN. Currently we are using WSS v3, but plan on migrating to
MOSS within the next month. mainly we are using the environment for imaging, but
that is changing.

2 WFE's
1 Pinnacle Server
1 Capture Server
1 SQL Server
1 VM for testing

with the exception of the test and SQL server, each of our VM's is running a
piece of the Knowledge Lake suite. i can post the server spec's if you need

Answer #4    Answered By: Nathaniel Davis     Answered On: Dec 05

On the support side, it depends on the virtualization solution you are
using. Virtual Server R2 SP1 and Hyper-V are fully supported for
WSS3/MOSS2007. Large portions of Microsoft's online servers  are also
running on Hyper-V (MSDN for example).

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