I would like to virtualise our internal IT infrastructure to reduce downtime in the event of server failure and implement an offsite backup policy. I intend to ask several questions relating to this project but have decided to break them up to allow them to be answered easily.
Is there a way on EE to link them all together?
We have two sites with a 2 x 2:2MB SHDSL connection and IPSec VPN between them.
Four different domains with three at one site and one at our main site.
Each site will be running 3-5 virtual servers i.e DC/DNS/WINS, SQL/IIS, network management, WSUS.
There are 60 users at our main site and 30 at our branch.
I was thinking of getting two of the QNap TS-809U-RP Turbo NAS, one for each site.
This would replace our FTP, File Server and act as the iSCSI storage for Virtual Machine images.
I plan to also purchase a another server to run Windows 200? and VMWare Server 2 (Free) (open to suggestions here).
The main question I have is will the dual gigabit Ethernet of the QNap be fast enough to mount a partition on front end server, so it appears locally and run the Virtual Machine Images (VHD's) from this location. Maybe dedicate one of the QNap's Ethernet ports to this physical server or load balance on Gigabit 802.3ad compliant switch?
If this will work would it be a good idea to create a separate RAID volume for the SQL databases?