Transitioning Physical Servers Into Virtual Servers

There are already many businesses making the move to virtual servers because they have heard about the many benefits that come from virtualization.   Changing from physical to virtual provides more security, better flexibility and saves time and money for a growing business.

The choice to change your IT infrastructure can be a tough one to make but once you make the decision the actual switch can be relatively easy.  The most important thing when making the transition from physical to virtual is having everything you need ready beforehand.  The process will be smoother and quicker if you have laid out everything before making the switch.

Fully Aware

You must first be fully aware of the features available on the virtual solution that you choose.  You will want to know if there are any limitations and what kind of features you can afford with your budget.  Most virtual servers are cheaper if you want a higher bandwidth but making sure it suits you financially is one of the first things you need to take care of.

Before switching you need to make sure that your equipment is adequate to be moved to a virtual server.  You need enough horsepower and storage available to handle a virtualized workload.  If you are able to use physical to virtual migration tools these can save time and hassle but the migration should typically not cause any problems to the physical server.

Before You Transition

Before you transition to a virtual server you should test the backups in case something should go wrong.  It is also a good idea to retain a separate physical server as a domain controller to work as a safety net.  Your other servers can be migrated or rebuilt as virtual servers.  If you end up having any problems with migrating to virtual then you can attempt to rebuild the server instead as a fallback.

You need to make sure to keep track of IP addressing and the physical and virtual server presence.  During the transition you have to make sure the physical and virtual server are not running simultaneously.  If the two are both present on the network it can cause many problems so you must power down the physical server before powering up the new virtual one.

The Process Of Converting

You can take the process of converting to virtual slowly to adjust to the differences.  You can start with only a couple physical servers and after migrating them to virtual just let them run as virtual servers for a while to see how it works.  Then you can move on to converting the rest of the physical servers one at a time to make sure there are no problems.

You should continue to test your virtual backups as you are making the transition so there is a safety net in case of any issues that come up.  After completing the transition to virtual you will realize how much easier and more efficient your new setup is.  The process of switching is well worth the time and patience because once you have virtual servers your business will reap all the positive benefits quickly.

Leo Hart is a server expert from his time spent at Custom Cloud as a product manager, learn more about the cloud computing services offered at their website.