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How to build a virtual server

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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dtidwell69
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dtidwell69
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
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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dtidwell69Author Commented:
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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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dtidwell69Author Commented:
Andrew,  
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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dtidwell69Author Commented:
Andrew,

my budget is around 13 to 16000.  would that be enough?
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dtidwell69Author Commented:
Andrew,

Also I'm looking to use Dell rackmount servers.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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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pgm554Commented:
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.
http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/learn/converged-solutions?ST=hyper%20convergence&dgc=ST&cid=292188&lid=5597578&acd=1230921533720562&ven1=sghhfA8og&ven2=p&ven3=262702914282044613

If you are looking for high availability ,this might be the way to start.
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dtidwell69Author Commented:
thank you all these articles answered my questions
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