Um…yes? Kind of an obvious question in the grand scheme… In fact I’m really surprised it’s not done more often.
In the grand scheme of things. Why wouldn’t a small business use something that’s FREE and gives them the ability to maximize their (usually minimal) hardware investment?
I have a customer, one of those little “side” gigs we all take on, a friend of a friend said “I have someone who needs a new server.” and it all went from there.
So I sell them an old Dell 2U (PowerEdge 2650) I’ve got floating around, migrate them off their antique HP ML160, their single server provided domain services, file-server. SQL and a number of other minor services.
Now that it’s time to upgrade. Should we spend hours and hours installing a new server, migrating files, SQL, changing all of the ODBC connectors on every workstation to point to the new server?
Or P2V the old server to the new server and be done with it.
VMWare offers a lot of options over and above the obvious. Once the P2V is done, boot, and you’re done. Then you can build a second domain controller, seperate off some of the minor functions, maybe even seperate off the fileserver and sql servers.
From an admin standpoint, dual network connections, thinly provisioned luns, and most importantly, the ability to power-cycle a server from 2700 miles away without having to wonder if it’s going to come back up, the ability to remotely mount ISO images as CDrom’s for upgrades.
How easy would it be to do remote software upgrades or install a new Windows server if you could insert a CD remotely?
VMWare ESXi is *FREE* people.