New Virtualized Servers - how would you do it?
More or less as the title says, tbh.
Current servers are old and running on 2k3, I want to upgrade to 2k8 R2 ahead of going W7 in Summer '12. Server room is currently full of fat HP towers of varying ages, and it couold do with tidying up and improving.
I want to move to rack-mounted, and I want to go down the virtualized route for disaster recovery and reliability purposes. I'm planning on having 2 DC's, 1 Exchange 2010, 1 print server and 1 general apps server to run the AV console, WSUS, intranet site etc.
We run about 400 computers with about 1200 users.
I know enough about virtualization to talk about it and appreciate what's being said, but not enough to plan this out properly. I've got a few competing quotes from companies already, mostly based around 2 Xeon-powered servers with buckets of RAM and an iSCSI SAN, but there are variations.
For what I want to do budget shouldn't be an issue, based on existing quotes, but obviously I need to be saving money where reasonable in the current climate. There's no need for corners to be cut though.
So if you were virtualizing the 5 servers above - how would you do it?