I am seeking advice on how to best migrate and maintain legacy ESXi VMs in a read-only state and share remote access to each VM via a network.
The situation is the following:
Company A with 4 employees has an old HP server with ESXi5 installed on it. Most of the SAS drives and 2 out of 2 power supplies started to fail - red light blinking. There are no plans to either fix or upgrade the server, due to the fact that the server remains as the property of a certain IT provider. The company is planning to terminate the service of this IT provider and returning the rented server. I have managed to get a
.vdmk copy of every VM with an idea of then running these VMs in the VMware Workstation environment.
To share access to all the employees I was thinking about two possible options:
Purchase dedicated computer with Windows 10 Pro, install VMware Workstation and give every employee RDP access to it. The main complication is that there is no active system administrator nor general IT technician, so even though if I purchase and install the computer no-one will maintain it (for ex. update or troubleshoot).
Start using either Azure VM or AWS VM and run the VMware Workstation there. Give RDP access to every employee. This way there is less maintenance involved, but it could be an overkill in term of the price.
Employees do not need to access the information on ESXi every day, just check it occasionally for the historical business records.
Feel free to ask for clarification on any mentioned point.
- Users need to access VM's, not the host machine.
- The new system has been introduced and now the company is using it without any reliance on the old server. The read-only state would allow users occasionally check certain files, what cannot be migrated to the new system, and decline saving changes to this location if they accidentally start saving something.
- I've meant historical business records or better say documents, not ESXi records
What do you guys think out of these two options, would be the best way to proceed further? I am open to suggestions if you think both of the options are not suitable.