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Best Practices for using Project Server 2007 on Hyper-V

Project Server 2007

The list below represents a summary of the installation and configuration requirements for deploying Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 in Hyper-V. These items should be used as a quick reference list when installing, configuring, and deploying Office Project Server 2007 in a Hyper-V environment.

Prior to installation

Before installing Hyper-V:

  • Ensure that you are using a 64-bit edition of the Windows Server 2008 operating system. Hyper-V is available only for the 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008.

  • Ensure that your processor supports hardware-assisted virtualization. The processor must be compatible with Intel VT or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V).

  • Use the Server Core installation option of Windows Server°2008 for the root partition. This will minimize server overhead and improve Hyper-V performance.

  • Run only the Hyper-V server role on the root partition.

  • Ensure that hardware-assisted virtualization and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) are present and enabled.

Creating virtual machines

When creating Hyper-V virtual machines:

  • Use a fixed-size virtual hard disk (VHD) to provide improved performance compared to dynamically-resized VHDs for operating system drives.

  • Use pass-through disks for high disk I/O traffic.

  • Set pass-through disks as offline in the Hyper-V root partition.

  • Use the SCSI controller to attach pass-through disks. The SCSI controller can only be installed if Hyper-V integration services are installed. Therefore, use of the SCSI controller to attach pass-through disks will ensure that Hyper-V integration services are installed, which in turn will ensure optimal disk I/O performance.

    ImportantImportant:

    Do not attach a system disk to a SCSI controller. A virtual hard disk that contains an operating system must be attached to an IDE controller.

  • Use the network adapter instead of the legacy network adapter when configuring networking for a virtual machine. The legacy network adapter is designed for operating systems that do not support integration components.

  • Ensure that integration components (“enlightenments”) are installed on the virtual machine.

  • Whenever possible, configure a one-to-one mapping between virtual and logical processors.

Installing and configuring Project Server

Keep the following in mind when installing and configuring Office Project Server 2007:

  • To minimize the time required to install virtual machines, create a base image consisting only of the guest operating system and software prerequisites. Use SysPrep to prepare the VHD image for reuse, and then base all your virtual machines (VMs) on this VHD.

    ImportantImportant:

    Use SysPrep before installing Office Project Server 2007. After Office Project Server 2007 is installed, SysPrep is no longer supported because Office Project Server 2007 stores configuration information that SysPrep does not know about and therefore does not reset. For more information about SysPrep, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article, Updated System Preparation tool for Windows Server 2003 SP2 (http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=926028).

  • View the Planning worksheets for Office Project Server 2007.

  • For guidance on configuring, maintaining, and monitoring your solution, see the guidance in Operations for Office Project Server 2007.

  • To tune your Project Server 2007 installation, follow the guidance in the Operations for Office Project Server 2007 section of this Project Server 2007 Tech Library.

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