Managing Physical server leases

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Tags:
Asset management
Physical Server
Virtual Machines
Windows server administration
I have worked in the Windows server administration field for 10 ten years.  I have recently moved to the asset management team.  My main task is to review about 3,000 server leases.  When the lease is time to expire, I look at the utilization stats and determine if they could be moved to a VM or should be replaced with a new lease or be bought out.

This is basically new for me and I would appreciate any guidelines anyone has to offer.



Software/Hardware used:
HP Servers

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You need to consider both average utilization and peak utilization to do this properly. I’ve found most Windows stats don’t really give you all that you need so sometimes it will be a gut feel.

Not a full answer but something to make sure you remember.

Once you get your stats and feel for what you need to do, discuss with the user/sys admin for that system. They will be able to tell you far more details about the usage pattern, the likelyhood of customer buy-in to virtualization, etc. And, you would make them feel part of the decision.

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