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By soenita ·
Hello,

I am in the process of doing a research on how I can virtualize my current servers.

We have an Exchange Server (also file server). This is a physical server with 5 SATA HD's (Total 1.5TB). the CPU is an Intel(R) Xeon 2.80 GHz. This server has total of 6GB memory installed.

My question is: Can I install 3 virtual machines on this one physical server (based on the cpu, ram and hd details)? All 3 of the VM's would be running Windows Server 2003 enterprise edition. One of the VM would be our DC, the 2nd one would be our Exchange and the 3rd one would be a server on which we install our CRM application.

I would appreciate it if anyone could tell me if this approach is possible, if not, what would I need to do to make it possible?
What virtual server software do I need to install to setup these 3 virtual servers?

I am new to virtual servers, please any information would be appreciated.

On the side, can RAID be configured on virtual servers?

Thanks so much in advance!

Kind regards,
Soe

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Maybe need more processor than that

by robo_dev In reply to Virtual Server

Not sure whether you're thinking about VMWare versus Microsoft Hyper V?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMware
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-main.aspx

Is yours a single-core Xeon, or multiple core?

Yes, you can do RAID with either VMWare or Microsoft Hyper V.

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VMWare or Microsoft Hyper V, which one is better?

by soenita In reply to Maybe need more processor ...

Hi, thank you for your feedback.
Appreciate it!
Our processor is single-core Xeon...

As for VMWare or Microsoft Hyper V, which one do you think is best? I will check out both but would like to get some opinion on how others are experiencing it.

I have another question though... Is it possible to have your Domain Controller and Exchange as 2 virtual machines on ONE physical server??

Thanks again!

Soe

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You can put anything as a virtual server guest OS

by robo_dev In reply to VMWare or Microsoft Hyper ...

However sometimes you may not want to do this, as you may create a single-point of failure or performance issues.

Personally I have more experience with VMWare ESX. VMWare has been around for almost ten years and is a well proven product.

Microsoft is fairly new to the game...they position their virtualization offering as just 'part of the Windows 2008 server OS' and may offer some interesting features, but I have not looked into it.

Here is a comparison chart, published by VMWare (so it would likely be biased).
http://www.vmware.com/technical-resources/advantages/robust-foundation.html

Microsoft Hyper-V articles
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/review-microsofts-hyper-v-puts-vmware-and-linux-on-notice/1182

http://itcomparison.com/Virtualization/MShypervvsvi35/HyperVvsvmware35esx.htm

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