guests on hosts and grouping

Posted on 2012-09-20
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Is it common for guests on a specific host to be grouped based on the specific role they fulfil. I am not a server side admin but I got the mpression you typically host 10 guests on 1 ESXi host (??). I just wondered if its common to group "similar guests" (sorry for being so technical ;-) ) on a host, or can you essentially stick guests with zero commanility on the same host with no issues?

Is there any benefits in grouping similar guests on the same host or risks in not doing so - or not really?
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I believe you mean virtual machines (VM) by saying guests.

Anyway, ususally you would want to distribute VMs with similar roles onto different hosts. This way you avoid single point of failure and create fault-tolerant environment. Imagine you hosted all your Domain Controllers on one host. What happens if that host fails and goes down?!!! You will lose your whole domain network.

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Yes guests/VM's.

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Can each server in a domain fall into a specific "role", do you have a list of these roles as we are trying to put each server into a category for a risk assessment process. What roles/groups would you use/do you use for narrating your domain/network?
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Some of our customers have Farms or Pods and group their services on particular hosts.

But most like to spread the services across the entire farm, for resilience, availability and to get the best use of resources.

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by:Ayman Bakr
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A typical domain would contain the following server roles:
1. DNS
2. Domain Controllers (FSMO roles distributed onto different servers)
3. DHCP server
4. File server/s
5. Print Server/s
6. Application Servers like email servers (exchange server)
7. DB servers
8. Perhaps with virtualization then you need terminal servers with all it's infrastructure servers like the licensing server

Usually 1, 2 and 3 are joined in 1 server. File and print servers can be together or when traffic to them is high might be separated. Usually app roles like Exchange for email are dedicated. Likewise DB servers are usually dedicated.

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