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VM Server 2 as an archival solution (Single Server Instances, long term use 10+ years)

Good morning, I have many clients who are in the healthcare industry, they have very dated hardware but need to retain the server system state and legacy programs for up to 20 years.

I have successfully virtualized a few of their servers using the converter and have them running on VM Server 2.0; things are flawless and they are experiencing even better performance then on their old hardware.

My question is this; is VMWare Server a sound archival solution for single server instances? If a client only has 1 server that needs to be kept for years to come, is there any benefit to using ESXi or purchasing ESX server? Do you see any limitations to using VMServer to host this VM (for years to come) if the client will only be using it for read only purposes? Is there another VMware product that will allow for read only access over a network (Vm Player?)

What are others in the healthcare industry doing to help clinics with a single server?

I appreciate everyones feedback on this, I am all for using ESX server but with these one off situations there is no way these clients will make the software and hardware investment for 1 VM.

Thanks

Haymaker

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Hello,

For archival purposes, VMware Server is a perfectly good option. Player could also be used if you want.... Up to you and the 'host' on which you are storing all this. It needs to be able to run the requisite number of VMs simultanously.


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Just to add to this each client will be purchasing a new server that will act as their DC, DNS, DHCP to allow for an internal domain to be setup. They will all be moving to a new software suite that is entirely web based, so I am using VM Server because it can host the VM on the new server, this allows for it to be easily managed and added to their nightly backup schedule.

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Hello,

For archival purposes, VMware Server is a perfectly good option. Player could also be used if you want.... Up to you and the 'host' on which you are storing all this. It needs to be able to run the requisite number of VMs simultanously.


Best regards,
Edward L. Haletky VMware Communities User Moderator, VMware vExpert 2009

Virtualization Practice Analyst[/url]
Now Available: 'VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security'[/url]
Also available 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise'[/url]
[url=http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Blog_Roll]SearchVMware Pro[/url]|Blue Gears[/url]|Top Virtualization Security Links[/url]|
[url=http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization_Security_Round_Table_Podcast]Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast[/url]

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Edward L. Haletky
vExpert XIV: 2009-2023,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill
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