Good day experts,
I'm in the process of upgrading our office network, mainly upgrading our servers from 2003 to 2008/2010 with new hardware.
We've currently 2 servers with these specs:
- Intel Xeon 3.40Ghz
- 2GB RAM
- 2 x 10k 72GB drives
- Intel Pentium 4 3GHz
- 1 GB Ram
- 2 x 250GB 7.2k IDE drives
I'd like to replace both of these with a single (physical) server and install virtualization software so I can run both installations on the same box.
The specs of the hardware I'm looking at is:
- IBM Series x3550
- Quad Core 2.50 GHz Intel Xeon E5420 VT-x 12 MB L2
- 8 GB DDR2 FB-DIMM
- 2 x 146 GB 15k SAS (we can easily add more storage)
- Hardware RAID
- 2 x Gbit NICs
The new servers will be running Small Business Server 2008 (with Exchange) and Terminal Server 2008. The terminal Server will only run things like Microsoft Office and be used by max 3 users simultaneously.
Would this hardware be sufficient, baring in mind that our current hardware doesn't run too badly? (we're upgrading because the current servers have hardware issues).
Also, what virtualization software would you recommend for this scenario? Would Hyper-V be a good candidate? Or would you use something else?