Ok, So I've shown the boss that we can upgrade newer software while keeping our current hardware by doing some virtualization.
NOTE - This is not a huge corp - LOL like 20 to 30 Users at MOST. I know we could do it all on Server 2012 Essentials or SBS 2011 but we need full fledge SQL for the new database we are gonna be running and SBS doesn't do Hyper-V I think. ESXI I guess could work there but still
We have 2 machines running Windows SBS 2003 R2 (#1) and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise (#2):
AD/DHCP/DNS/SharePoint(including SQL built in)
SQL 2005 for a program we use and File Sharing.
#1 runs on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 Dual (2) Quad Core Xeon 5405 - with 4GB now (Max is 32/64GB - can't figure out which!) 3x 15K SAS 146GB in RAID 5*
#2 runs on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 Single Quad Core Xeon 5430 - 8GB now. 3x SAS 15K 300GB in RAID 5*
* = I know RAID 5 sucks for write performance so that's already being switch to a RAID10.
Ok So what do you guys think about my plan to switch everything to #1, stuff some more RAM in there up to 20-30GB and virtualize?
So it would be like this:
#1 = Windows Server 2012 - AD/DHCP/DNS/File Shares + Program we use now but using SQL Express it comes with (has to be 2005!!)
#1.1 = Windows Server 2012 - Exchange 2010 and IIS for the web and ActiveSync stuff.
#1.2 = Windows Server 2012 - SQL 2008 SP3 + NEW Software for new database we getting.
#1 = 4 - 8GB Of RAM
#1.1 = 12GB of RAM
#1.2 = 8GB of RAM
Sounds do-able or am i just dreaming?
I am running #1 and 1.1 now on another (older) 2950 with 9GB and been part of the domain for like a week too and seems stable (other than known issues ).
Any tweaks or changes you guys think would make it run better? Thanks!
Question 2 - Storage is an issue if you ask me, boss being cheap! I wanted to get 4 x 1TB SAS 7200RPM drives for $150 each to build the RAID 10. Now my plan is to use 2 x 146GB in RAID 1** and the 4 x 300GB 15K SAS in RAID 10.
So I know it's not recommended to run Exchange on a dyanamic VHD - but what if I ONLY put the Windows Install there but put the Information Store and other data that Exchange writes to (log and such) on a FIXED VHD of say 60GB while keeping the Windows/Exchange Install to a dynamic C drive to cut down on space usage (only like 20-30GB VHD then)?
** - Should I do RAID0 instead of RAID1 for the 146GB drives (OS ONLY, no Data) for more performance since we backup to a USB Drive + (PLUS) OFFSITE backup evernight? Shadow Copies - which they (offsite people) test by booting it in a VM to see if it works.
Edited by SHoTTa35, 11 October 2012 - 17:40. Reason: Added clarification to the RAID0 question.