We are ordering new servers for our Terminal Server farm. I have some questions and would like some advice.
We will be keeping these servers in our colo and while I wanted to try and get 4 physical servers I may need to consolidate them down to two beefier servers due to rack space. These two servers I have configured with:
2 Intel Xeon 2450 2.10Ghz 8 core
6 x 600GB 15K HDDs (thinking of RAID10)
My questions are:
Should i leave these two servers AS-IS or should i install VMWare or Hyper-V to split these two into maybe 4 VM's (two on each server)?
We have 105 people who will be using the servers with perhaps 15% growth this year. They run very heavy excel macros. I've seen some excel sheets taking 400MB+, and each user could have several open at a time.
I'm not sure if any whitepapers exist that will explain performance, amount of users, etc. We have current servers in a farm to help load balance. However, they are reaching a limit on resources with the current servers.
I need to be able to get as much performance as possible with these servers.