Advice on cost friendly plan to virtualize servers
Posted on 2011-09-23
I currently have 11 old PE 2650/2850/1750 servers that need to be replaced. What they were doesn't seem important because the previous person seemed to just throw more hardware at an issue instead of fixing the issue so the utilization of each is very low. What I am expecting to have at the end for VM is
1 DC, 1 Exchange 2010, 2 SQL 2008, 2 Application Servers, 1 File Server, 1 AV/WSUS, 2 Terminal Servers (20 users). All 2008 R2.
The current equipment is using about 450GB of hard drive outside of the OS partitions so I don't need more than a couple TB of storage which seems to make SAN/NAS not the best options.
Is a small server with a 4core Xeon enough, or does it need to hyper thread to get 8 threads, or even dual processors. Or do I need multiple servers.
How much RAM do I need.
Free vSpere or Hyper-V, or vSphere Essentials. Then after that, how do I back all of this up. I do have 6 2TB USB drives I use for backup now.
I can use any idea at this point.