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can i replace physical server with virtual server

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Yes, you can replace a physical server with a virtual server, but, you have to have something in which to install the software, like VMWare, so that you can create the virtual server and also ensure that the hardware can handle the load.

So before you jump into it, find out the exact specifics that you will need for both the OS on the physical box and then the OS in the virtual world, and how many you are willing to build.

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  • Gabe9527
    More information..... Hardware?System OS?Multiple systems running on Single hardware etc etc
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  • jinteik
    yes you can as it is one of the trends today
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  • btempleton
    You will need a physical server to host the virtual server, so make sure your physical host has enough storage space and RAM to handle the task.  If you are converting a physical server to a virtual server, you need the software that can accomplish that.  If this is a very old physical server, that may be difficult.  I was not able to convert a Windows 2000 server directly from physical to virtual.  I tried several routes including Microsoft, Acronis software and the VM converter.  None of them were successful.  Many of the conversion packages won't work with anything prior to 2003.  The alternative is to create the virtual and then install Windows or your OS directly from installation disks.  The advantage is that you are not bringing OS difficulties with you.  This is what I did to create a virtual server which is my Exchange server.  I had to reinstall Windows and Exchange from scratch, then restore the database but it has been working perfectly for almost 2 years now.
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