The Big WHS: 8 File-Serving OS’s Virtualized in one 4U Server
Now that the Big WHS is stable, and I have a bit more storage capacity than I need, I decided that Windows Home Server running virtualized in a Hyper-V virtual machine is good, but I wanted to test out some of the free WHS alternatives. A quck listing of the NAS operating systems installed on the current box shows is:
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 hosting, using Hyper-V:
- Windows Home Server (My WHS VM)
I will post some thoughts on each later this week. If anyone has any specific requests, please feel free to leave a comment below. Performance wise, I have the WHS virtual machine running over one of the Intel Pro/1000 PT Quad’s gigabit ports that is dedicated to that VM. Performance is quite good as I have ironed out many of the bugs that intially plagued the speed and have been seeing 101MB/s fairly consistently. Not perfect, but I am routing traffic through two Dell Gigabit switches so this is not a number found over 1 meter of Cat 6.
Just as some additional eye-candy, here is the FreeNAS home screen running from Hyper-V:
Note I did manage to make a RaidZ (software raid 5) array out of vhd’s which was a pretty nice find.
Next up the OpenFiler Hyper-V’s WebGUI:
Stay tuned for fun with different NAS applications!