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Virtualization Question

Hey experts,
I have a question regarding Virtual Server - as i'm a newbie regarding virtualization.

Basically - I have a Windows Server 2000 w/ SQL 2000 SP3 - I have another SQL database to add that is going to be storage intensive.  I have plenty of storage space on the server, however i'm a little weary of the primary applications "sharing" the server - memory, cpu utilization, etc.

I thought virtualization would be great for this project, however i wanted to find out what i'm getting myself into first.  i'm a very busy mcse / ccna manager, and don't have the resources or time to tackle a time intensive, complicated project.  however, i'm interested in learning and confident that i can learn it quick.  

basically i'm just curious how virtualization experts would address this situation.  What software package would you use - Microsoft Virtual Server 2005?  I read that it's a free download from MS - although only compatible w/ XP and Win2003.  

What are some recommendations i should consider, or warnings before i dive too deep.

Thanks for any info!!
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dtocco
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nightmare2Commented:
If your server is already busy, you shouldn't add a virtual machine on it.
Virtualization is about optimizing resources, not overloading.
You have to consider not only the storage space, but cpu and memory usage and i/o needs.
If you feel that the server can handle the additional charge, then you can use VMWare Server which is the leader at the moment.
Virtual Server 2005 is supported on 2003 flavours and XP only.
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KCTSCommented:
If its just for testing/evaluation purposes then you can use Virtual PC which is free from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx
Virtual server is not free.

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yours_harjeetCommented:
virtualisation requires a lot of hdd space and memory

in case u have both u can go for either vmware or virtual server.
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nightmare2Commented:
Virtual Server IS free but won't run on Windows 2000.
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dtoccoAuthor Commented:
Nightmare2,

What is the learning curve for virtualization products, for example VMWare Server?

Also, our existing win2000 server is critical to our operation, which makes me weary of adding another database application to the server.  However, the server is severely under-utilized and it's inefficient for this server to be app dedicated.  Also the new database app is only for a small department, and don't expect it to hog too many resources.  therefore, i am hopeful both applications can live together harmoniously in the event virtualization is not used.    

For future reference, when rolling out a virtual server is it recommended to deploy the virtual server 1st, then server applications 2nd?  

Thanks for the info
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nightmare2Commented:
VMware Server is very easy to learn.
There is a lot of documentation on their website and the forums are very active.
I would recommend that you try it first on a lab machine.

It doesn't matter in which order you install the applications.
VMWare Server is just a host on which you will deploy guest operating systems.
They will be completely isolated from the host OS and applications.
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