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