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Virtualization of SharePoint Environment

  Asked By: Bhavini    Date: Mar 26    Category: MOSS    Views: 699

We are looking to upgrade our current Intranet (SharePoint 2003 Medium
Server Farm: 2 WFEs, 1 Idx/Job, 2-node SQL Cluster) to MOSS2007.

Luckily, we have kept our SPS 2003 environment pretty much standard out
of the box (two or three 3rd party web-parts and no core
customizations).

The first step in planning/proofing this out is for us to completely
virtualize our current production farm onto a VMWARE ESX cluster using
(physical -> virtual conversions of each server). We are looking to
have an isolated network (vlan) which is disconnected from our
production network complete with virtualized AD domain controllers and
the SharePoint server farm

Using this virtualized environment, we would proof out migration
procedures and experiment with various upgrade/migration options.

I am wondering if anyone else out there in SharePoint land has tried
successfully or unsuccessfully to do something similar to above.

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4 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered By: Kristy Hicks     Answered On: Mar 26

Hope you are well. I have worked on a few systems where Virtualisation has
been the way to go. Over the past week I have actually just completed a Physical
to Virtual migration using VMWare and all has gone well with a couple of little
things to change. I also have a completed building a new Virtual System
comprised of Active Directory, Exchange, Mulitple SharePoint Farms and WSS Farms
as well as Firewalls etc.

I always like to test everything within the Virtual Environement first, it is
safe and faily easy to do. Highly recommend building the Virtual Environment by
using the P2V application from VMware, it saves you a lot of time.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Amanda Brown     Answered On: Mar 26

Just to clarify: So you took an actual physical farm implementation and
virtualized a "copy" of it offline leaving the production farm
unaffected?

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Carey Everett     Answered On: Mar 26

yes I did. It meant I didn't have build all the VM's and then backup sharepoint
and then restore after I built a "like for like" system. Took about an hour per
server but all worked and simply gave them different IP Addresses and changed
the DNS headers. Works a treat.

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Anuj Lakhe     Answered On: Mar 26

We've done something similiar, but in our dev environment. We have the
servers configured the same as our production servers, and we just restore
the various sites depending on which application/server we are developing
for.

We ended up having 10 different VM's and in our team you just take a VM
that's not being used and work on that one. We have scripts to restore
environments, and each night the machines are recycled, so we know they are
clean and consistent.

 
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