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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Assessing Hardware Limits

Hardware limits of virtual machines are used as the first layer of determining whether or not in-scope physical servers should be excluded from the server virtualization candidate pool. Hardware limits include basic components such as memory, disk space, processor, and network. More advanced or specialized limits include the presence of serial or parallel ports.

When performing the assessment process, you must evaluate the physical server against each virtual machine hardware limit. If the physical server fails any of the hardware limits tests, it is (typically) immediately excluded from the server virtualization candidate pool, and the assessment process should proceed with the next physical server. If the physical server ...

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