I have a small user base (about 50 total email accounts) and am currently running GW8 on a dedicated SLES 11 server. I need to move to new hardware and am also planning to upgrade to GW 2014. A couple of questions I have:

1) Is it best to install GW 8 on the new hardware, migrate my system over, then upgrade to 2014? I really want to leave my old system untouched in case something goes wrong with my upgrade/move so I can easily go back to that old box as a failsafe if I have to.

2) I am starting to get into the world of virtualization and have some systems on Hyper V already. Should I consider putting Hyper V on the new hardware and then running GW (on SLES) within a Hyper V virtual machine instead of on its own dedicated hardware?