How man server roles is too many?
Posted on 2006-04-05
I'm looking for guidelines, or links to official MS guidelines...
Regarding: server roles. How many is too many? I am thinking along the lines of the following. Your feedback is welcome!
Each Windows server should fulfill no more than one Major role. Major roles include:
• Domain Controller
• File Server
• Exchange (Email) Server
• SQL Server (database)
• ISA Server
• 3rd Party Application Server
Minor Roles include:
• Print Server
How about virtualization? So if we have a honkin' server that could support more roles, does it make sense to have multiple virtual servers on it so that the roles are kept logically separate even when supported by a single hardware device?
Thank you VERY much.