How to build a virtual server

Posted on 2016-08-19
Last Modified: 2016-11-22
I currently have 2 physical servers.

Server 1 has a medical software on it and utilizes SQL 05, and is the AD and DNA SERVER. This server currently has a Dell power vault attached to it for mas starage.

Server 2 is my Antivirus server that also has SQL and is an Web server

25 workstations connect to these servers.

Being new at virtual  server how can I virtualize this scenario?
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Server virtualization works to utilize your excess compute capacity.  First you have to have excess compute capacity. Adding more compute will now stress your available disk i/o and memory.

Are your current servers running under 50% cpu load? How may disk iops are you currently using? How many are your disk subsystem capable of ?

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I'm actually looking to replace the existing servers for one amazing server that can handle the load but I have no clue what to buy.
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what's your budget, do you purchase Dell, HP, Lenovo?

do you use tower or rack ?

and then you need a server with Dual Processors, some cores, (6), and some RAM and disk!

and are you happy then that all your eggs are in one basket, and then may need two servers ?

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I am using acronis as a backup solution and it has the ability to change a backup into a VM. is that helpfull?

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my budget is around 13 to 16000.  would that be enough?

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Also I'm looking to use Dell rackmount servers.
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Yes, Acronis is helpful, that can restore and create a Virtual Machine (VM).

So, you can look at the Dell R630 or R730.
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You might want to look at Dell hyper converged rack systems from Dell.
You can start off with 1 cpu card ,then add more cpu ram ,disk ,redundant power and switches as needed.

If you are looking for high availability ,this might be the way to start.

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