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  • Vmware ESX Implementation from a Existing Physical Infra

    Hi All


    I am just into Vmware and virtualization and am know about Vsphere 4 .0 -Vcenter , Netwroking ,storage , managaing Vms ,etc .

    I wanted to implement virtulaization using ESX 4.0 in my company .Can any ne guide me ,as to how to plan to implement the same in an existing infrastructure network ,by purchasing a new machine or using an existing infrastructure and parallelly moving into a Virtualized environment .

    I needed to know priorly for a Server virtualization ,as to

    What are the Hardware requirements normally .
    How many ESX hosts would i need .If i consider implementing a single ESX host ,would that be fine .
    Which Vmware software need to be purchased
    Licensing requirements


    Currently my setup is as follows ,which is a small setup ,on a Workgroup environment

    Windows 2003 server /DHCP server - 1 no
    Linux Servers - 4
    Desktops - 20
    Laser printer - 2 nos


    How do i move into virtualization . Can i create a AD Setup in a VM and authenticate with the linux servers and the windows desktops .

    I am thinking of installing a 2003 AD ,any specific requirements .

    your suggestions would be highly appreciated .

  • #2
    Re: Vmware ESX Implementation from a Existing Physical Infra

    I suggest VMWare ESX 4 or 5i should be suffix for you
    consult vmware documentations for planning virtualization existing / new servers

    Mostly professional Hp proliant hardware for hosting vmware host

    Check load / performance / availability requirement of your physical servers . VMware has tools for this purpose and help you in taking desicion regarding number of guests and hosts

    you may virtualize your existing machines or can create new 1

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    • #3
      Re: Vmware ESX Implementation from a Existing Physical Infra

      Not a VMware expert, but the one thing that jumps out is WHY are you going to 2003 AD -- the current version is 2008R2.

      Linux can authenticate with AD using Kerberos:
      http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/authen...directory.html

      If your ESX host is in the AD domain, you should have a separate physical DC to boot up first.
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      • #4
        Re: Vmware ESX Implementation from a Existing Physical Infra

        Ahmer
        thanks ,i will check the same regarding the vmware documentation .

        Any specific tool name from Vmware for calculating the guests and hosts .

        Hi Ossain


        We have a license for windows 2003 ,hence opting for the same ,

        Will go thru the link.

        As u had mentioned that if the ESX host in the domain ,it means i have to install a AD in a physical machine . Then later if i make a VM as a PDC , will that work . What about the physical machine .

        Cant i create a AD PDC in a VM and then a another BDC in another VM

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        • #5
          Re: Vmware ESX Implementation from a Existing Physical Infra

          I found vmware capacity planner is a good tool from Virtual server planning. You will find it helpful
          Also http://www.hp.com/sbso/productivity/...n/plan_it.html
          you can use for reference

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          • #6
            Re: Vmware ESX Implementation from a Existing Physical Infra

            Its all pretty simple really.

            Are you planning on replacing your entire physical infrastructure with a virtual infrastructure??

            Will your desktops be part of this virtualisation project??

            IMHO please employ a VMware consultant and work through it with them.

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