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.
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.