Thursday, February 4, 2010

You've been using VMware too long when

The other day I had an emergency request to stand up a SharePoint 2010 beta server immediately. It needed Windows 2008 R2 for various reasons and I realized that my VMware 3.5U4 clusters wouldn't work (previous experience had demonstated that it really didn't work). I thought about my options which didn't include upgrading my production hosts and finally decided that I would install VMware 3.5U5 or VMware 4.0U1 on an old VMware server (it was tiny--only 16 CPUs and 64 GB of RAM). For various reasons having to do with network and storage connectivity, I was unhappy with that solution. Then it occurred to me...

You can install Windows directly on physical hardware.

I've been using VMware too long!

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