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Terminal Servers in a VMWare, true ESX scenario on NetApp

Posted on 2008-06-25
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Hello Experts,

I am in the process of implementing a virtual environment. I wanted to get feed back on Terminal Servers in a VMWare environment with a SAN, 3 ESX Servers to benefit from all the fail over features there.

Are there any cons to doing this? I haven't found any.

I am currently running a Terminal Server 2003 Cluster consisting of 2 terminal servers.
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I am currently running a (12) Terminal Server farm using ESX and a SAN Backend.  The only thing you need to keep in mind is that whatever applications you will be serving through the Terminal Severs need the appropriate hardware allocations (Like anything else).  Other than that, I have run into no issues.
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There are absolutely no cons. Just make sure that your terminal servers get enough RAM assigned to them.
Networking could be an issue when running multiple terminal servers plus some other virtual machines on one ESX host, but if your uplink is fast enough, that's not a problem.
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We run Citrix (above and beyond TS) on ESX and all is well

As mentioned - make sure you have plenty of RAM on the hosts !!!
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If you havent bought servers yet, try to get AMD Barcelona servers since they can handle context switching much better than other models (also requires ESX 3.5).
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Thanks All.
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