I have to deploy a Windows 2008 Domain and all I have is two old (5 years) Hp 380.
Of course I know that the best in reliability would be to buy new hardware and I've told the customer that nothing good should be expected trusting old hardware in such a crucial service.
Done that I have to proceed anyway...
My question is: what could I do to make my installation the most fault tolerant (and of easy recovery - disaster recovery) possible?
Of course mirror raid will be done.
Is it wise to use vmware esxi? In which way?
Is it better to use normal windows backup? And restore it on the second server when the 1st one will die?
The servers I have are identical, hardware speaking.
No budget is available at all so I should solve the problem with the hardware I have and Windows 2008 R2 Standard.
I can, of course, use free software like vmware esxi.