[ngw] GroupWise, VMWare ESXi, ZCM, etc...

Simon Shilton Simon.Shilton at acustica.co.uk
Fri Apr 16 22:57:47 UTC 2010

Longer answer:
I have just moved our whole 10 user NW SBS setup off NW and a bunch of servers onto a single Dell T610 dual quad core with 16GB ram, and it runs really nice. ESXI4 is much faster than VMware server over SLES10 which I had previously experienced. 
We have 6 VMs on the box, Astaro server, OES2 GW server (POA, MTA, GWIA, WebAcc), GMS on Windows 2003 server, XP Pro admin PC, OES2 iFolder and OES2 Teaming. In order to try to give GW some help, the VMs are sat on a RAID5 array, whilst the GW NSS volume sits on of a separate RAID1 disk pair on the same Perc controller. I have backup script running to an NFS share on a second box to backup the VMs
So far I have been extremely happy, both with the move and the performance, the hardware is barely trying most of the time.

In line with other suggestions, for your larger setup I would go for 2 identical boxes, stick ESXi4 on both of them, and point them all at shared storage - either dual channel DAS box, or a third server with DAS array as an iSCSI target, both of which would be cheaper than a full SAN - or I like Matt suggestion for the Virtual iSCSI idea.
Best of luck

>>> On 16 April 2010 at 20:11, in message <4BC87E3202000013000A8C8C at mail.msktd.com>, "Kenneth Etter" <kle at msktd.com> wrote:

We are a small business - 65 employees.  I currently have one NetWare 6.5 server running GW8(MTA, POA, and GWIA) and ZfD 7.  I'm getting ready to purchase some new server hardware.  My original thought was to get three new servers.  Move the GW8 stuff onto the first running SLES or OES.  Setup ZCM 10 on the second (I assume SLES).  And setup ESXi on a third to host some VMs so I could replace a few auxilliary PCs doing individual tasks in my server room.  Due to lack of hardware, I haven't had a chance to play with ESXi yet.  I'm also fairly new to Linux, although I do have GMS and Reload running on SLES.  Does this sound reasonable?  Or does anyone have a better suggestion?  Thanks!
Ken Etter
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