A few months ago we purchased a Dell server with the intent to eventually start rolling out VMWare. Now we are exploring Hyper-V as an option instead, however I've seen a requirement for an IDE drive mentioned several times, including a Hyper-V book that just listed an IDE drive as a requirement. Some example links:
http://blog.rogersoles.com/technology/hyper-v-server/ (4th gotcha, down the page a bit)
We do not have a SAN or NAS, we are just wanting to convert the existing server w/ 8 SCSI HDDs into a Hyper-V server w/ 4 virtual machines using the local HDDs for storage. I asked a Dell rep about it and he said that Hyper-V didn't require an IDE drive anymore, but he was unable to explain why or how it was used previously. I also couldn't find any corroborating information that something changed.
So, what I am trying to understand is:
1) Is this requirement for an IDE something that affects me? (main concern)
2) What exactly requires the IDE drive that is mentioned?
3) Is this actually a requirement for an IDE controller connecting to an IDE Hard Drive, or can it be emulated? If so, how can I find out more about that process?