I would like some design guidance. I have a new Dell T300 and will be replacing a desktop (I believe it's XP) machine that has been used as a server for a small database program . I don't know the exact specs, but I believe the new server has 3 sata disks, maybe 250 gigs each, and I believe 12 gigs of RAM. My goal is really to get the database off the pc, have the 4 clients log in to a domain (Windows 2008), and possibly use roaming profiles. I'm thinking the ESXi server would handle this.
I'm not sure how many different VM's to have.
Database- noted above, which will also need to be accessed via VPN (Ipsec and site-to-site), locally about 5 people access it.
Quickbooks- I believe a SOHO version of it. This also will be accessed via site-to-site VPN as well, most likely just one person will access it daily, and from across VPN
Backups (and other tools to experiment with!)- some kind of backup solution, probably linux (free!) based
As for the clients, I'd really like them to log in to a VM to use the database and save all their work (Word/Excel etc.) so I can support this whole thing remotely.
I know the new server came preloaded with Windows 2008 Standard, and I believe it's already configured with RAID5. So I'm wondering if I can take an image of that (P2V ?), and make it a VM Domain Controller. Then add other servers as necessary. I haven't fired up the server yet.
Sorry if my details are slim, just got slapped with this project...!