Catergorising servers

Have a list of servers, I'm used to having three tiers, Tier 1 would be DC, Exchange , Fileserver etc

Server 2 less important

Likewise Server Tier 3

Any handy guides to use for categorising them , its a VMware 6.0 environment i can get export the server names from vCenter (Approx 200 so its not that big an infrastructure)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
could you expand on
categorising them
Indie101Author Commented:
I just want to rank them in terms of importance, a lot of them are H\W 7 or 8 and VMware tools is out of date, we have a company who monitor our network for us

I just want to have a list in tier 1 , tier2 , tier3,

I will use that to to then upgrade VMware tools, H\W for tier 2 and tier 3 and leave tier 1 to the consultancy

But apart from above tasks, I would just use the list going forward for ourselves
Derek SouterITO Svc Delivery Cons IIICommented:
you could use OUs to group them in AD.  and/or you could use groups within VMware.

you could even just use the description field (also in AD)
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Indie101Author Commented:
Thanks Derek, what you mentioned is fine, just looking for a guide on how best to catergorise them

Tier 1 DCs, Exchange, WLAN appliance, File Servers, certain 3rd party specific servers, financial etc

Tier 2: File Servers

Tier3 Non production servers

Something like that in a guide for best practice is what I'd like if possible
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Why not use Tags or Folders in vSphere ?

We also use OU/AD because we apply different firewall rules to different services and servers!
Derek SouterITO Svc Delivery Cons IIICommented:
the actual categorisation is more of a personal/environmental thing.     there are some servers that are critical in all environments, but there will always be some that are critical in one place, but not elsewhere.  And different people in the same company will often have different priorites for the servers.

Tier 1 - servers required to carry out critical tasks - Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, WINS (some people still use them), monitoring servers, some File Servers, Internet Gateway/proxy, Virtual hosts, Remote Desktop/Citrix

Tier 2 - servers required to carry out day to day important tasks - critical application servers

Tier 3 - everything else

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Indie101Author Commented:
Thanks Andrew,use tags or folders to categorise, the thing is its a system i've inherited any good links for that?
Derek SouterITO Svc Delivery Cons IIICommented:
list all of the servers - split them up into the three categories - "1- the company cannot carry out any work without this server", "2 - at least 50% of the company cannot work without these", "3- everything else"

you could go as granular as you like
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need a link, to create a Folder in the Inventory, or add a Tag to a VM ?

Some Organisations now Categorise by SERVICE!
Indie101Author Commented:
No Andrew, i misunderstood the earlier comment, all i meant link wise was with regard to best practice for the server catergorisation

My bad :) Thanks again...
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