I am in the process of converting 3 Windows 2003 Standard Servers to VM's and host them on one Server running VMware ESXi 4.1
The hardware I’ll use for the VM host machine is as follows:
HP ProLiant ML330 G6
2 Xeon 2.13Ghz quad core CPU’s
2 16GB RAM
4 600GB SAS 15.000rpm drives (Raid 10)
2 GB Ethernet ports
I never used VMware in a production environment before and need advice how to plan the move from a physical server to Virtual server structure.
Here are some questions that come to mind:
1.What converter should I use and what is the best practice procedure to convert from Physical to VM?
2.In what order should I convert the servers and in what order should I bring them online as a VM?
3.What are usual problems I’ll run into and how can I prevent them?
4.Should user data be hosted on a VM or an external storage (SAN, NAS)
5.Should the Exchange Data be hosted on the VM or external storage (SAN, NAS)?
Any pointers in the right direction how to plan and execute a project like this are very much appreciated
Once the migration is completed i'll an identical server for redundency, is that someting i should include in the planninig process now? Or should i worry about this once the migration is done?