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Migratin from pysical to virutal Servers

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Hello Experts,

I am planning to convert my 3 Windows 2003 servers to VMware VM's and host them on one physical machine. I was thinking about using ESXi 4.1 for the host and convert the current servers with the VMware converter. How would i plan a project like this and what has to be considered?

The Servers are performing the following tasks:

File / Print Sharing
ADS
DHCP / DNS
IAS
Website hosting
Exchange 2003 server
Blackberry Server 4.1
Application / Database
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Question by:Martin Gerlach
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ADS, DHCP, DNS servers should not be virtualized. You can but might be problematic.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888794

File/print Sharing, IAS, Web hosting are good candidates. Make sure to have enough resources allocated to them, if they have heavy traffic and I/O on them.

Exchange, Blackberry, App/DB servers are all Ok, but will definitely need lot more resources than a simple file/print server.

You also have a single point of failure if you host all of the VM's on one physical machine.
So you have to weigh the pros and cons of Virtualization.
Always have working backups. Plan ahead for downtime, and it should be fine.
If you do go with one Physical Server, make sure it is a really powerful, reliable and a fast machine.

More read:
http://www.petri.co.il/domain-controller-virtualization-options.htm
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006996

Good Luck.
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by:Martin Gerlach
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Thank you. I actually didn't finish my questions, here is the finished one:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_26886835.html

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