Please don't shoot me down here, our company are relocating to a small office with no room for our 3 existing Dell rack servers and cabinet. Budget is tight as a ...well its tight, about £1100 so I'm trying to squeeze a dell PowerEdge T410 and then stick Hyper_v 2008 hypervisor on there to allow me 3 guest VMs.
Guest VM 1 will be Server 2003 32 bit running AD & Exchange 2003 [I know!]. Only 11GB Exchange database and 40 AD users.
Guest VM 2 is Server 2000 running BES & Sage, again not a big resource, only 22 Blackbverry & 1 Sage user.
Guest VM 3 is Server 2003 appliance center as a NAS device, total of 300GB files currently.
My budget server will be:
Processor: Intel Xeon E5504, 4C, 2.00Ghz, 4M Cache, 4.80GT/s, 80W TDP, Memory runs at 800MHz
Memory: 8GB Memory for 1 CPU, DDR3, 1333MHz (4x2GB Dual Ranked RDIMMs)
Raid Connectivity: C4 Cabled - RAID 1 with PERC H200, 2 SAS/SATA Cabled HDDs
1st Hard Drive - Multiquantity: 2 x 500GB, SATA, 3.5-in, 7.2K RPM Hard Drive (Cabled))
2 x NICs & 2 x Power Supply
1 - is RAID 1 OK for my set-up, would RAID 5 be more suited to virtualisation.
2 - I will be backing up all VMs to an external USB drive for offsite backup, this I guess will give me a quick restore should any VM suffer software issues / wont boot etc
3 - One of my current servers is RAID5, am I OK to go p2v on this even though the host wont be RAID5?. Its also 32 bit but I am sure that will run as VM on 64 bit VM host?
4 - Anyone know of more suitable hardware than the Dell for this purpose, needs to run quite as will be in main office?