I have a server that I have co-located in a datacenter. It is a Quad Xeon (5130) with 8GB of RAM. I have a few usb and serial port devices (peripherals) attached to it which require Windows to run.
I would like to add web hosting a (production) website onto this server's workload. The website is runs on a LAMP stack. After much reading, it seems that hypervisors and VM installs don't seem to work with peripherals (physical serial ports etc). Please correct me if I'm wrong.
So I was thinking about running Windows 2008 server x64bit and installing Vbox 4.0 (Ubuntu guest )on it to handle the production LAMP stack. I was also thinking about running the LAMP stack on IIS 7.0 w/FASTCGI. Which option do you think is better? Are there other options that I'm not considering?