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Want to migrating to Vmware

I want to start looking into Migrating to VMware. I do see that they have a free ESxi version but have played around with Vizioncore Vranger and like it but at this time dont support backups for Esxi server. Just wanted to get some recommendations on getting smb companys with 3-4 server to vmware.
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AbdAlmuminCommented:
What type of servers will be migrated to VMware. That will drive your initiative. You said 3-4 physical servers? So you would like to consolidate to like a 3, 4,5:1 ratio? VMware (virtualization period) is a hog on resources (RAM/CPU). What kind of servers (i.e.Dell, HP, IBM) are you using? I mean, you have to hash out a little bit more of what you are looking for to answer your question. If you P2V (physical to virtual) your other physical machines to virtual, do you have a SAN (Dell Equallogic/NetAPP) to be able to store the snapshot images too. Do you need VMmotion? VMware vSphere is the option that the new licensing scheme is under now. You will have to research your requirements (e.g. VMware vSphere used to be VMware Infrastruction Foundation).

Xen server is a great option and is much easier and you don't have to pay for VMotion type technology. It is cheaper, the interface is easier to use for beginners. It really comes down to choice. You can do the same thing with Xen as VMware, but VMware is the market leader right now.

Layout what you want to do and have the VM's do. (Exchange, Linux Samba File Server, Network Monitoring with Groundwork, etc); what kind of servers are you going to put ESX on? Dell/HP? What are your business case requirements for the problem you are trying to solve with VMware? There are plenty of options to speak to, but you have to be more specific in what you are looking for...
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
I concur with AbdAlmumin. Please update the role of each physical server which you are intending to Virtualize.
On this basis only, we can suggest our opinions.
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kingx22Author Commented:
One server is running exchange and the other are is a file and print server, then we have a small active directory server.  We are just a small accounting firm with about 15 users and  like the backup features of Vmware.  At this time most of the servers we have are about 8 years old running Windows 2000. We are looking into getting a new Dell server like the Dell R710.
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Exchange and File & Print Servers require more throughput with respect to Network and Disk I/O.

I would suggest that you size your HDDs and NICs accordingly.

Are you planning to buy SAN or would like to use Local Storage for the time being ?
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kingx22Author Commented:
We were planning on doing local storage at first
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davismisbehavisCommented:
We use HP DL 380 G5 servers with 32GB of RAM and 10 NICs (2 onboard, 2 x Quad Nics) to run a whole host of SQL servers.  These provide plenty of power, you only have 15 users so you'll probably get away with something reasonably inexpensive to run file / print and exchange.  Just pay attention to the disk configuration as arunrajau says.

Regarding backup Have you checked out Veeam backup,  nicely priced and supported on ESXi fully licensed and ESXi the free edition  http://www.veeam.com/vmware-esx-backup.html

www.virtualpro.co.uk 
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larstrCommented:
You're right that vRanger doesn't support ESXi yet, but Veeam Backup has support for ESXi.

Lars
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Even VM Explorer supports ESXi hosted VM Backup - http://www.trilead.com/Products/VM_Explorer/
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larstrCommented:
Yes, but it's still not ready for production usage: "VMX version 1.5 includes beta support for the next generation of ESX servers.VMX version 1.5 includes beta support for the next generation of ESX servers."


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