I run my own consulting software shop, and I'm currently running SBS 2008 Premium. I'm not utilizing the second server at the moment, but when I finally get to SBS 2011 Premium I'd like to. The server is already maxed at 4GB of ram, and I have six drives, one for the C: and the rest are part of a RAID 5 which is where all user data is stored (Sql dbs, Exchange data, file shares).
I'd like to get some new hardware that will eventually run SBS 2011.
My plan is to get the new hardware which will include disks for a RAID 5 and hardware virtualization support. I'll then install the second Windows 2008 Server license that comes with SBS 2008. I'd like to then move the current SBS server from physical hardware to a virtual on the new secondary server. This is one area I'm not sure of. Is it possible, and also what about the data on the RAID disks? Will that pose a problem?
Later when I have enough to buy the SBS2011, I'd upgrade the secondary 2008 server (running on the new physical hardware), then setup SBS2011 in a new virtual and migrate from 2008 to 2011.
Would this be a possible route to go? If not, what would be the best recommendation, given that there will be a delay between buying the new server hardware and buying the SBS2011 license.
EDIT: I'm planning on using the second server (not in use at all right now) to install 2008 HyperV on the new hardware, then pull the physical SBS into a virtual on the new hardware. I've never done a P2V before, so I'm not sure what to do about the data drive which is currently a RAID5 and where SBS2008 stores its Exchange data and user folder redirections.