one of my clients has 7 servers that are older servers and wants to upgrade to new servers but was thinking of possibly having them migrate to a virtual environment this way they could get 2 higher end servers to consoidate the 7 they currently have now and would save space on server rack as well. Have never done this so was looking to get some information and advice on best way to proceed as far as research etc. Also is vmware best product to try? 3 of their current servers are still running 2003 standard and remaining are 2008 servers. They just ordered a new dell poweredge R320 with 32g ram running 2012 standard r2.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
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