Best way to do create our new load balanced terminal services environment?

Posted on 2011-10-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
hi guys,

Currently, I have a terminal services server (call is server 1) 2008 virtual machine running on a decent HP server. It's on the hypervisor vmware esxi 4.0. The majority of the data that the users access from this server is on a mapped drive on another server.

We have also bought a blade enclosure with two blade servers with Vmware Esxi 4.1 on it. We are planning to build a new terminal services 2008 (call it server 2) on the blades. The point is to have it load balanced. So we're trying to work out whether to do one of the following:

1) Forget the server 1. Make another server 1 from scratch on the blades and the server 2 on the same blade. Load balance it.

2) Somehow transfer the server 1 from other server onto the blades. Build server 2. Load balance it.

Which one would you do?

Also, what would you use as your load balancer? (p.s - in case you do recommend, I'm not experienced with Cisco equipment, but could look into it)

Question by:Yashy
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    How about converting the server to a virtual server, using P2V, VMware Converter.

    Download VMware vCenter Converter here

    VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation

    VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide

    and using Windows Network Load Balancing for free.
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    Author Comment

    Well server 1 is already virtual:). So there's no need to convert it, as it is a Vmware server 2008 right?
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    Accepted Solution

    You can use VMware Convertert to "MIGRATE" (Convert) from one ESXi server to the other.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    or you could use Veeam FastSCP to copy from the old server, to the new.

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