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    dedicated server for virtualization

    Hello all,

    We have an idea to purchase a windows dedicated server for virtualization.
    1) which provider and which windows verson is better to purchase?

    2) Is it possible to install virtualization softwares like mainly VMWARE?

    3) Mainly, we have two sets of windows VMDK(virtual machine disk) of windows XP. Is it possible to take these VMDKs to dedicated server to run as two virtual machine?

    4) what is the best method to deploy existing VMDKs to dedicated environment?

    Please advice

    Minim

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    Hi Minim,

    From what I understand, the Windows R2 2008 Server OS comes with an inactive Hyper V - which you can activate using the server admin control panel.

    What are you trying to achieve through the virtualization? how many VM's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vish2107 View Post
    Hi Minim,

    From what I understand, the Windows R2 2008 Server OS comes with an inactive Hyper V - which you can activate using the server admin control panel.

    What are you trying to achieve through the virtualization? how many VM's?
    Thanks for responding

    we have two sets of VMDKs which is taken from VMWARE of a windows XP machine. We are trying to run the two VMs on the windows dedicated server.
    Is it possible with Hyper V?

    Thanks in advance

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    From what I understand this should be possible- through Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager - this should allow you to convert the VMDKs to a VHD format which is compatible with R2 Hyper-V.

    I have some specialists who can help you with this. Would you be interested? Also is this part of your business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vish2107 View Post
    From what I understand this should be possible- through Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager - this should allow you to convert the VMDKs to a VHD format which is compatible with R2 Hyper-V.

    I have some specialists who can help you with this. Would you be interested? Also is this part of your business?
    We are interested to know much about this!!! thing is we are quite new in virtualization. do we have free tools for conversion?

    Mainly we are only looking for running windows XP-VMDKs as virtual on dedicated server and no other versions. Is this completely possible using Hyper V?

    And also we are looking for solutions in VMWARE. Is same possible in by installing VMWARE in dedicated sever and simple call this VMDK files?
    Please let us know if any idea on this

    Thanks in advance

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    from my understanding, VMDK's are VMWare based files so therefore should run on a ESX (VMware) platform.

    Hyper-V : You can convert VMDK files to a hyper V format on the Windows R2 2008 server OS.

    In terms of tools I know there are a few tools that help with the conversion. Some of these are paid ones but you can get some open source ones too.

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    Hello vish,

    Below are the things we did in our local environment.

    1) we installed VMWARE player in our testing windows server.
    2) created 2 VMDKs from different windows XP machine.
    3) Ran the 2 VMDKs using VMWARE player.
    all the above is done successfully in testing environment.

    Is it possible to run the same in real dedicated servers? If not i can directly look into previous things we mentions earlier.

    Thanks in advance

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    Take a look at SoftLayer, they offer pretty decent pricing on Windows server licenses. They also have VMWare virtulization - http://www.softlayer.com/virtualization/vmware-esx/ where you can get everything from one place.
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    It should be possible to run on your server- if the testing and development went well, then I don't see why this wouldn't work again.

    Are you looking at this with the view to have this on a Windows 2008 R2 OS with Hyper V?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vish2107 View Post
    It should be possible to run on your server- if the testing and development went well, then I don't see why this wouldn't work again.
    Initially we are looking for solution using VMWARE. Installation of VMWARE on dedicated server and use our VMDKs on it. If we have trouble in deploying then we have go for HyperV option.

    Is this VMWARE installation on dedicated is commonly used solution? or people used to get server with already implemented virtualization?

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