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I intend to build a white-box that will be running a host server 2008 with hyper V and have the guest VMs on a separate SSD drive.

  1. Is it better (in terms of to run the the 2008 server host on an IDE drive as opposite to SSD?

  2. Considering this is a white box for lab use is there a significant performance gain if I use a raid controller card with raid 0 setup and two SSD drives as oppose to connect the internal SSD directly to the motherboard (GA-Z77MX-D3H) to host the guested VMs?

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why not windows 2012? – tony roth Mar 26 '13 at 17:40
good question. 2012 hyper-v host is free (so no licensing costs) and a LOT better. – TomTom Mar 28 '13 at 9:54

1: should not make a difference. Just do not run mutliple vm's from one HD. HD's break down IO wise, SSD have tons of reserve.

2: Yes, but not that much. Raid 0 best doubles your IO - the SSD themselves have plenty of IOPS budget.

I would be more concerned about memory etc. - with SSD based storage you already are out of "problem" territory.

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As comment to 2: an SSD is about 100+ times faster than a HD - so doubling that is not really making that much a difference. – TomTom Mar 24 '13 at 13:31

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