I want as many opinion on a proposal I have for our remote site.
*We are running a 2003 AD shop in our corp office.
*Our remote site has an old Dell server running 2008. It used to be a DC serving up DNS and DHCP for the local users. Over the past couple of months, it's had many problems (hardware and software) and we eventually demoted the server so it's basically doing nothing now.
*We tried time and again with consultants to get the remote server back on as a DC, but DNS was a huge hurdle and no one could get it working properly. Both consultants recommended that we wipe out the server and reinstall it fresh.
*So now, those remote PCs (only 14 of them) have static IPs and their DNS is now pointing all the way back to our Domain Controller.
We will eventually purchase a replacement server, but will likely occur in February or March. So now for my idea:
Is it a bad idea to install VMWare Workstation on the existing remote 2008 server and install a new version of 2008 server, promote it and run DNS and DHCP?
When the new physical server arrives, I can install VMWare Workstation on it and just move the existing VM.
I know people will scorn the idea of putting it on VMWare, but since it's a remote site with no IT people, I'm thinking that if we have problems in the future, I'll be able to move the DC (VM) to a different machine with minimal downtime.
What do you guys think?