We are using a Windows 2008 physical server as a remote desktop server for 5 users. The server is now 5 years old and I am concerned about hardware failure. The firm does not want to spend much money at all. I'm thinking of 2 potential solutions, but am open to others.
Virtualize the server and then host it on the same machine with VMWare or Hyper-V.
This has the advantage of allowing me to get back up and running by simply setting up any host and launching the VM. I don't have to worry about restoring a backup or worse, reinstalling all apps. However, I'm not sure the best method of getting from here to there. And which platform should I choose? Are there free options?
Virtualize the server and host it in the cloud on Amazon or Azure or...?
This has the advantage of removing the risk of hardware failure and backup needs. Again, not sure of how to get from here to there. Also, not sure of the monthly cost of this solution. And I think I probably need a VPN since its for an accounting firm.
Your help is great appreciated.