Question VMs under Windows 2012 for media server, cameras, and misc


Senior member
Dec 28, 2013
E3-1246v3 (4/8 core)
SuperMicro X10SLH-N6-ST031 (this is proprietary board with six 10GbE ports :eek: )
8BM Ram (will upgrade as I figure out what I need)
MANY 4tb drives using DriveBender for 50TB drive pool

Windows 2012 Server
DriveBender to pool drives
BlueIris for camera duties
JellyFin for media server duties

Is it worth going VM for BlueIris and JellyFin? Possibly a "web browser" VM to make isolating downloads for virus scan.

My thought on BlueIris in a VM is being able to easy physically isolate my camera network by using one port going directly to DLink POE and all cameras. It has been a while since I've played with MS VMs but I recall being to assign network ports directly to a VM.
Jul 27, 2020
That server doesn't have a lot of computing power because it's quite old now. Running VMs would slow down the software inside the VMs even more, especially if the workload of that software is I/O bound. I/O takes a significant hit inside VMs. My office has the V2 Xeons and the memory bandwidth and disk performance inside Hyper-V VMs can only be described as atrocious. Give it a try if you want. My guess is that you will regret it.