Brien Posey's Windows Blog

May 23 2009   1:51AM GMT

Virtualizing Essential Business Server

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I would like to apologize to everyone for the lack of blog posts lately. I have been hard at work on my latest book, and that has been consuming all my time lately. Thankfully, I wrapped up the book this morning and I hope to return to a more normal blog posting schedule.

The book that I just finished is solely mine. I actually only wrote five chapters in it. Even so, writing this book was a learning experience, as it always is. This particular book was about Windows Essential Business Server.
Any time that I write a book I always set up a lab so that I can test the techniques that I writing about. This time I decided to use virtual machines rather than physical ones. According to Microsoft, Essential Business Server can be virtualized. Even so, I really struggled with getting Essential Business Server to work right in a virtual server environment.

If you have ever worked with Essential Business Server, then you know that there are three servers that make up the server suite; a management server, a messaging server, and a security server. Ultimately, I was able to virtualized the management and security servers, but I ended up having to run the messaging server on a separate box.
Another issue that I struggled with was network connectivity. For some reason, my host server (which had always worked fine in the past) periodically dropped my network connectivity. I have not had this problem for any other virtual machines, so I suspect that the problem may be links to Essential Business Server. So far I have not been able to come up with definitive proof though, so I plan to continue researching this issue.

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