virtualizing small business servers
Posted on 2012-04-11
I'm thinking about virtualizing a small office server I administer. Here are the reasons I want to do it
1. The OS is in terrible condition and needs to be completely rebuilt (not my fault). I'd like to make the OS (SBS 2008) as a VM during the week than spend a weekend sitting alone at their office redoing the server. Then I can load it on their server after work on Friday.
2. I like the idea of being able to save a state before patching or tweaking settings.
3. It will make hardware upgrades simpler in the future
4. Should hardware fail I can load a backed up image on another server while I fix their server
So that's my reasoning for virtualizing a small office server. Does that make sense?
I've been looking into it for awhile now, but am confused about a few issues. I understand that virtualization is typically used for bigger and more awesome things than what I'm going to do with it, however I still think it makes sense in my situation. I'm confused about licensing pricing for virtualization. They say ESXi is free, but when I load it up it says that it will expire in 60 days. I just need to get the free license right?
Also, vphere isn't free. How am I supposed to manage the vm like taking snapshots without vsphere? Is there a free alternative I'm supposed to use?
Would a different virtualization platform like Xenserver fit my needs better?
Another business in my area uses vmware for this purpose and it seems to serve them well. Can anyone help clarify my befuddlement?