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    Your Virtual Setups

    Just seeing what type of virtual setup people have. One of my schools as gone totally virtual with VMware ESX and the other hasn't at all.

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    Some Virtual Servers Running In Windows
    Some virtual servers running in linux

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    Went from no servers virtualised to all done on a mixture of Citrix Xenserver and ESXi over the summer and I have to say it really rocks...

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    Looking at doing this, but need the time to work out how, plan it properly and allow for downtime. So looking like a summer 09 job.

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    Gone from four physicals to 5 HP physicals and Xen, with 17 virtuals now.

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    vmware

    gone with vmware for 6 windows 1 Linux vm's but still got 17 physical boxes 10 are in a cluster so really only 5 i suppose

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    Mostly Virtual with ESX for the last 3 years.

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    We have at the moment 1 RW(Real World) server using MS Virtual server 2005 R2. It's hosting 4 active servers but all second line stuff, file server; print server; windows updates...as Virtual server doesn't have the clout of VMWare. I'd like to get more out of the whole concept but there's a reluctance to allow any of the frontline stuff to go virtual or to even try it. I think with Hyper-V things might swing more my way because VS2005 hasn't frankly got the legs to cope with much.
    I love the concept of the differencing hard drive that VS 2005 can use as I can setup an raft of servers in minutes by having one central vhd file, nice and protected, with the "servers" using differenced drives, it's well cool! setup a complete server ready for whatever task in 2 minutes or less...
    One thing that interests me is the SoftGrid virtual applications, but without a testbed to try it on it's going to be little more than interest...

    On a separate setup, I've now got a 2008 server, that is using the free vmware server, VS2005 is not compatible with 2008, to host an xp pro client as a windows based apache server and I can definitely feel the difference between VS2005 and VMWare, though memory restrictions mean that this XP client is the only machine I can have active. VMWare gives the capacity of using linux or anything else and I would like to seriously look at linux as an option...

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    Pretty much down to two physical servers and everything (some 12-15 servers) else spread across two VMWare ESX Boxes and 1 VMWare Server (runnning on Win2k3) box. Both ESX boxes, the VMWare Server and 1 physical server are connected to the SAN controlled by SanMelody.

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    Some linux and windows vms running under Linux, slowly being migrated to ESXi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Just seeing what type of virtual setup people have. One of my schools as gone totally virtual with VMware ESX and the other hasn't at all.
    "All Servers Virtualized" is about the closest - I'm certainly not running any virtual machines under Windows! Around about half of our servers are currently virtualised, I'm working on the rest. This is using Xen on CentOS, with DRBD mirroring LVM volumes between physical machines in case of machine failure.

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