Windows Server 2008 Standard Failover Setup with 2 physical machines.
Posted on 2011-03-01
I need advice on a redundadncy/ failover setup with two servers. We are planning on getting two servers - one running server 2008 standard with 20 CALs, and one for back up.
The active production setup is:
1 server running Server 2008 standard with the following roles: AD, DHCP, DNS, FILE and PRINT server, and a custom srerver application
20 client PCs running Windows 7 and a custom client application
My initial idea was to run the server 2008 VM on top of ESXi (ESXi01)and have a secondary cold backup machine (ESXi02)with exactly the same specs running only ESXi - its only task would be to hold the back up (snapshots?) for the VM on the first machine and startt up only in case the first machine goes down.
We csannot afford enterprise licensing for clustering or third party tools like Neverfail or everRun.
What would be the best way to set this up?
Also, can someone confirm if I can have four Windows Server 2008 standard VMs on the same physical ESXi box using te same Server 2008 standard license?