Is Your Conventional Wisdom Up To Date?
Do you ever have one of those days when something in IT (Information Technology) actually works as advertised? It’s rare, but a welcome break from the death spirals that all too often lie in wait.
The constant change in IT means you also have to constantly reality-check the conventional wisdom. We first mentioned that Exchange 2007 was supported on VMware when we saw VMware’s excellent paper on their own adventure to make it happen.
Our own conversion of Exchange 2007 to VMware was flawless and without anything exciting to report except that it worked. Granted, we have a smaller footprint of less than 200 mailboxes and consuming just under 100 gig of storage. Here’s the quick recipe:
- Full Backup AND Restore test (skip it at your own peril)
- Run VMware’s vCenter converter
- Power up the Virtual Machine and assign the correct IP address
- Soak test
It goes without saying, that you should plan for downtime, communication with your end users, and a back-out plan if the wheels come off. But you do all of those things already, right?
What have we gained with Exchange 2007 on VMware?
It’s nice to have the High Availability from VMware for starters. An unexpected benefit is an Exchange 2007 reboot on a Virtual Machine takes a lot less time.
Don’t forget to grab our VMware price lists and get started challenging conventional IT wisdom!