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Production MOSS with VMs (virtual servers)

  Asked By: Akhila    Date: Nov 01    Category: MOSS    Views: 1070

At my company we are using virtualization with high success.
We went to blades and a ever-expanding SAN and in there, using VMware
ESX we host Virtual Servers without a hiccup. It is a very
manageable, scalable and at the end, cost-effective solution.
SQL server boxes are not virtualized and our SQL boxes are connected
to the SAN too.

For our incoming MOSS migration from SPS/WSS 2003 we are thinking on
going the same route.
Our plan is to use one current dual processor blade (opteron) with
16GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32GB) and connected to our SAN.
In there we'll have 4 or 5 VMs, one for Central Administration and
Front end, one for the Query+Index, one for Excel Services (optional
I think), another for Forms server and then one more for Web Front
Our SQL Box will be a non-virtualized (a physical server) SQL Server
2005 64 bit server class machine with 8 GB RAM.

Does this sound like a good plan? What are your perceived pros and
cons? Does anybody has experience to share about deploying MOSS with
virtual servers?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Caleb Gordon     Answered On: Nov 01

The only general concern I have about using VM's is concerning highly-utilized,
I/O intensive application environments. That's the only time I've seen issues
with virtualization. Depending on your expected usage, this might be something
to take into account. I was discussing ESX virtualization  with some peers of
mine over at Cisco, and ironically, the only major environment that they had
difficulties with was Sharepoint. I didn't get a change to get into too much
detail about what issues they were experiencing, though.

Answer #2    Answered By: Carey Everett     Answered On: Nov 01

MS will not support moss  on any VM other than MS virtual  Server 2005
R2. You may need to replicate any issues in a non-virtualized*
environment inn order to get MS support.


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