HP Blades and VMWare and SAN
Hi All, just wanted to see if anyone here has had the pleasure of working with HP Blade Servers and utilising VMWare on them with a San for storage?
I can see we have a few threads on VMWare on here which are great :), but wondered if anyone had any tips on them (good ones please not bad as there ordered and on there way so no changing our minds!!!)
Anyway, any hints and tips or has anyone got them and willing to share the ups and downs on this, or if there local to us (were in Cumbria) maybe willing to let us pop and drewl over your setup!
We're going to at a very simple level chuck all the existing servers away and build a complete new network on the blade system utilising Virtual Machines and using the San for storage, then come the right time when were happy with it wheel it in to the server room, plug it in and then re-image all the PCs in school and then start life with a shiny new network thats hopefully much quicker than the existing network, has more fail-safes due to the VMWare setup, and have no silly NT4 legacy bits coming back to bite us in the rear end!
I should say and make very clear, when I say chuck away the existing, I am not meaning literally throwing them all in the bin! We will re-use some of the newer ones for a backup box to go on another part of site as part of our Disaster Recovery Plan and another for some other use that we just don't see the point of using the San for such as storing ISOs of all the software used in school perhaps, but until we get it all going we don't know exactly what we will be doing with them but there will be some re-using so don't worry I'm not making a huge pile of WEEE waste :) We're still completing the nice diagram of what exactly we are doing and where (we do have a plan but its just missing the little things now :) )
So anyone else done this or any hints / tips / pitfalls of this at all that they want to share before myself and the A-team start on this mammoth project (all whilst fighting fires from the existing system I will add!!)