Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Big Systems upgrade planned for this year (help) in Technical; Ok So this year we are planning a major upgrade to server 2008 R2 across the board (hopefully), most of ...
Ok So this year we are planning a major upgrade to server 2008 R2 across the board (hopefully), most of our servers are currently running 2003 or 2003 R2 I will list the roles per server below before I carry on...and yes most of our servers are named after the simpsons :P (not my choice).
Moodle2: Web server, Sophos management point
Sideshow Bob: Terminal Server for staff/thin clients
Lisa: DC1, DNS1, DHCP1, Print
Bart: DC2 DNS2 DHCP2, File Server
Maggie: Exchange 2003, Zenworks middle tier
Homer: Zenworks Qstore, App, drivers and image storage
Barney: ISA Server
We want to move all of our servers to VM's probably on 3 x IBM servers (dual quads and 32gb ram) connected to a SAN and will use Hyper-V to manage, each server will have a copy of 2008 R2 Data centre.
we dont have masses of money to spend as we also have to buy projectors and workstations this year, but do you think the proposed hardware will be up to the job for those roles, by the way we have about 1000 +/- students on roll, about 300 desktops, 50 thin clients and 120 staff laptops.
below I have listed the proposed configuration for our new physical (and VM) server
VM4 Thin Clients Terminal Server
VM5 SQL Server (CfgMgr, Sharepoint, etc)
oh rolling out windows 7 as well (on compatible hardware)...lol (all workstations are xp sp3 at the mo)
we've basically got easter and the summer holidays, though there will be other jobs to do in the summer too... we dont need to be finished by then, but I would at least like to have the main infrastructure roles completed by then.
basically in terms of staffing, my manager has been off for nearly a year (unknown reasons) so myself and the other techy have been left with everything they used to do, I dont know when or if they'll be back so for the moment we'll just have to presume there will be the two of us.
I'm a bit concerned that I will kill something, lol....
which roles would you migrate first?...DC? DNS or DHCP? or those three at the same time.
and is it relatively easy to migrate data from 2003-08R2?
I agree with you on the naming conventions, that makes much more sense.
Why seperate the roles up that much? Just because you can? You've got to remember windows uses its own resources just to run, so putting only one service on each seems very wasteful to me. (Im assuming HyperV doesnt do memory sharing like vmWare). eitherway there will stilll be waste.
I like the idea of keeping your external services and gateway on one box, thats what we've done.
Things i would recommend;
I cant stress this enough, i really cant, we've been bitten by it. You NEED a fast SAN and SAN switch. You high HD IO services are obviously fileserver, SQL (sims), exchange, to a point TS...
Have a look at the Sun Storage 7000 series. I dont know how long the offer will last but we have just ordered a 7110 at around 66% of the book price. The forum member Duke has pointed me at looking at using it directly as our fileserver using its CIFS service. So far it looks bloody brilliant! You can use the windows MMCs to manage its shares, view its event logs, and even use the previous versions client with it!!!
Have a look at Citrix Xenserver. Its much more mature than HyperV, is free, and has most of the features of vmWare.