Hyper-V home host for the Windows Servers

paulch

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Hello, to prepare for a couple of the certifications, I need to build the hardware for the Hyper-V 2008R2 SP1 host to run 8-10 virtual machines (AD, Exchange, SP, Lync, etc). I have the following questions based on the configurations considered:

- Which CPU is sufficient and runs best with Hyper-V: - i7 Sandybridge or the dual Xeon with 6 cores each
- Is RAID 10 required at all? Should I choose an extra SATA RAID controller or is the on-board chip enough?

Here are the configurations:

#1 - Intel i7 2600
Intel i7 2600, Sandybridge
DDR3 1600MHz 1 x corsair16 GB RAM
ASUS P8H67-M EVO
4 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB SATAII 7200rpm RAID10

#2 - Intel Dual Xeon

Intel Xeon E5646 2.40 Ghz, 12MB six core, S1366 80W
Supermicro Mainboard X8DTi-F R2
DDR3-1333 ECC 6x4 = 24GB RAM
4 x WD 1TB 7200 SATAII

Thanks in advance