Windows Essential Business Server Virtualization

Applies To: Windows Essential Business Server

Server virtualization enables multiple operating systems to run on a single physical server as virtual machines. With server virtualization, you can consolidate the workloads of multiple servers onto a smaller number of fully utilized servers. Fewer servers can reduce hardware, energy, and management costs. By using the Microsoft® Hyper-V™ technology in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system, you can run a virtualized instance of Windows® Essential Business Server on a single server or several servers.

Virtualizing Windows EBS consists of the following steps:

  • Choose a virtualization configuration

  • Install and enable Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008

  • Create and configure the virtual machines for Windows EBS

  • Install Windows EBS on the virtual machines

This document covers virtualizing Windows EBS Standard.

Additional references

You can download this document at the Microsoft Web site (

For more information on virtualization and the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology, see: