Use VM to reduce proposed footprint
Posted on 2014-01-23
I have a design question I'm hoping you can help with:
Current Production Documentation Server Setup:
1x Primary Server 2008 box running AD, IIS, SQL and DFSR
- OS is on C with fast disk (150GB total), and document data is on the D with slow disk (400GB used of 1.5TB)
1x Backup Server 2008 box running AD, IIS, SQL and DFSR
- OS is on C with fast disk (150GB total), and documents are on the D with slow disk (400GB used of 1.5TB)
The purpose of the backup server is in case the primary goes down, I'll be able to get the document server operations up and running again. I'd have to restore the sql DB being backed up from Primary to backup via DFSR. DFSR is currently replicating documents from Primary to backup and IIS is ready to go as the documentation application just needs to be turned on, pointed to the sql database and we should be good to go.
I inherited this mess so it is not the way I would have designed it.
1x VM host box with fast disk C: for the VM's and slow disk D; for the data. The fast disk would house a VM DC and a VM document server with IIS, SQL and DFSR
1x VM host backup box with fast disk C: for the VM's and slow disk D: for the data. The house disk would house a VM backup DC and a VM backup document server with IIS, SQL and DFSR
If I do this, is there a way I could make the VM for the document server see the D: slow disk for the data? I would of course be using Hardware Raid with an array for the C and another array for the D slow disk. I've read if I take the array offline on the VM host, the guest should see it, but am not sure since I've never done this type of setup before.
The alternative is to buy 4 new servers (2x DC's and 2 File servers for the documents, IIS, SQL and DFSR)
I would be using Hype-v for the VM's.
Please let me know if I'm on the right track or way out in left field.