Best VM graphics for cheapest hypervisor?

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I need a hypervisor to use for my personal SharePoint 2013 development. I have already experimented with Hyper-V which is free and probably setup instructions for it more easily available. I have not played around with any version of VMware or other hypervisors yet. I am building a new system, because even installing fixed size VHDXs one per each physical HDD that I had did not improve performance enough to keeping me from getting bored to death. I am planning on using i7-3770 (non k series), intel DZ77RE-75K, 32GB DDR3 1600, 4xSSD drives in raid 0 (maybe Intel 520, or some OCZ) totaling 500GB for VMs and slower sata2 HDD for host. I will have 3-5 VMs (3 for SharePoint, 1 my main desktop client, 1 Edge if I cannot just use a router instead). Problem is my main desktop client needs to be somehow fitted into the physical server as well. I will use it at the same time as the other VMs and it needs to use high end graphic card for gaming and internet browsing; so, CPU integrated graphics works for other but not for this one client. RemoteFX cards are out of question, too. My budget will be well below $200. So, what options do I have (without making simple hypervisor functions much harder)? for example any of these ideas work? 1) Use another cheap hypervisor such as vSphere Hypervisor with 3D hardware acceleration ? 2) Use a desktop hypervisor (like VMWare player or Workstation), and install Windows 7 [or 8] for the Host OS itself and use it as my main desktop? 3) Install Hyper-V on Windows 8 rather than Windows 2012, and use the host as my main desktop? - Dual operating system installation is inconvenient and cannot run all VMs at the same time. Another question: Would I benefit any by using one physical Nic per VM? How?

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i7-3770, intel DZ77RE-75K motherboard, windows 8 or 2012
ASKED: May 9, 2013  12:07 PM

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  • Nathan Simon
    You really have no choice but to use VMware Workstation, if you use a bare metal hypervisor, you lose the option to use it as your main system. Just install Windows 8 and purchase VMware workstation, it can run an ESXi host(if you want to learn ESXi) and you can nest VMs, or you can just create the VMs inside of Workstation and have them talk via bridged networking... why would you stripe 4 SSD Drives? I would stripe in pairs, and use the 500GB to backup VMs to, download Veeam Zip to do that... 2 datastores would run faster than one. One physical nic is fine. VMware workstation adds its own network stack and you can then pass through from your local lan to the VMs vmnics...
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