I have 3 branches in one domain.
There are 2 physical servers in both of those branch locations.
One is the "primary" file server in that branch and is a DC.
The other server has a backup of the files from the primary and also acts as a DC.
All 4 of these servers (2 in each branch) are running Server 2003 and we plan to upgrade them to Server 2008 R2.
I was going to start with the NON-primary servers to try and avoid any issues.
I've already hit a snag in that the 2 non-primary servers aren't exactly Server 2008 R2 compatible.
They are decent servers and all but my concern is how I should handle this.
These 2 non-primary servers are:
- HP ProLiant DL360 G4p
- HP ProLiant ML350 G4p
I don't think the HP SmartStart CD will let me install Server 2008 R2 on these servers so my options are to either install Server 2008 R2 from the standard CD/DVD and try to install all of the drivers manually - OR - install ESXi free onto the server and then install Server 2008 R2 as a virtual machine on the server.
The branch locations are about a 2 hour drive for me and I'd ideally like to bang these out each in one day which means I'd like to get it right the first time and have a solid game plan.
At this point I'm wondering if the Server 2008 R2 standard CD/DVD will even recognize the hard drives on these 2 servers without the aid of the SmartStart CD.
Is there any downside to running a free version of ESXi to simply house the one DC as a VM?