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

Lil'John

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Hardware:
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

Software:
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.
 
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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.