installing Hyper-v on bare metal Dell R610 to a PCi card

Dennis-W 20 Reputation points
2023-05-28T17:26:21.8466667+00:00

I have a Dell R610 Poweredge server, running Hyper-v which is installed on one of the SSD disks (C: raid 0) controlled by the Perc H700.

I have a PCIe card installed, and populated with NVMe, currently used as page file for Win10 VM.

I would like to re-purpose the PCi +NVMe as the Hyper-v boot drive, thus freeing up the SSD connected to the H700.

I remember reading somewhere that Hyper-v cannot be installed on a USB ( unless your enterprise ). even the internal one USBs on the R610.

So my question is :- can Hyper-v server be installed on a PCi_NVMe drive within the R610. connected to the PCI riser, and thus not controlled by the Perc H700. (( the then redundant SSD would be added to gereral VM use of the other raid array on the H700 ))

I think I have also read that this is possible on the later Poweredge systems.

Also ESXi can be installed onto a USB. os I do believe the BIOS capable of booting from the PCI. - but I am doing homework on that subject via Dell community.

Many thanks.

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  1. Ian Xue (Shanghai Wicresoft Co., Ltd.) 34,191 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-05-29T10:16:19.0433333+00:00

    Hi @Dennis-W ,

    Windows Server has the built in NVMe drivers since Windows Server 2012 R2, so you can install the Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 or later.

    Best Regards,

    Ian Xue

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