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Will Virtualization solve my problem?

Hi Guys,
I have a client that asked me to look at their server problems. Currently they have an
HPE ProLiant ML150 Generation9 (Gen9) with E5-2609v3 1.9GHz 6 Core with 24GB RAM.
The server has 3 main functions. Provide Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard environment for 15 Thin-client workstations. Backup all data and run Sage Pastel evolution accounting software. The accounting package requires: Dualcore 3 GHz i7, 16GB RAM. The company runs no other intense programs i.e. no design work. They use office 365.
They have several problems at the moment: users sessions being dropped, trouble logging in, slow workstations, (PDF's are particularly slow), backups are not done automatically (something in Windows server throws the accounting software backups out). Now the general consensus is that a second server should solve the problem but I see this as a pretty powerful machine already. Not the best but for general office work in a 20 user company it should be fine. The current IT contractors have quoted on another tower server that will cost about $5000.
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Would it be possible to run VMware on the current server and splitting it into 2 and dedicating the one to the Accounting Software and the other to Windows Server running Office 365.(Reason being that there are 5 users using the financial software and problems peak when they are on)  Would this not release some of the pressure? Or am I missing the point of virtualization in servers completely? Its fairly new to me.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Note: the Adobe article refers to Reader 9.0, you need to change the registry path matching your version
No going to solve your problem, at best it will get worse!

Virtualisation = Server Consolidation = Compromise on Performance of Servers on a single server!
Hi,
Would this not release some of the pressure?
No, because you will share the physical ressources between VMs.

And if budget is an issue there is no reason to speak of VMware vSphere.
Some main points on vSphere for you :
- really powerfull and reliable
- give flexibility if you have the fine licenses
- could give you lot of redundancy, most of all with shared storage
- but licensing is really expensive
- and shared storage is another important cost, as told by another expert
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but I see this as a pretty powerful machine already
well, your cpu is neither old nor new, from 2014 is laready 2 years... So old in IT ;-)
Also I don't if ou have one or two cpu on your actual server.
And ML150 is an entry level server in HP proliant.
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I am in the boat of other issues as well, i suspect that you need to fine tune the RDS to start, it can be very resource intensive, but you need some performance stats.  My initial, without some perfomance data suggests that 24GB memory and single processor could be bottlenecks, but we are not even talking about the storage system, you could be bottlenecking at the disks too.
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You could always try putting more RAM into it, you can go up to 256GB RAM with 1 CPU, 512GB with two.
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Thanks Everyone. It was great getting some different perspectives. I did not concentrate on storage but will definitely look at it now. It might contribute to the problem. Will update again.