I have limited knowledge on Virtualisation, and wanted to ensure my thinking was logical. I will be attending a VMware course soon, but had some ideas on hardware setup prior to me learning everything.
Current we have non-virtual environment with 6 low use older Windows 2003 Srv (DC/file/print/ip phone/webmarshal) and 2 higher use Win 2008 Srv (SQL and Web)
Due to budget and also the fact the our business could sustain small outage windows, we were looking at 2 VM Hosts using Local Storage (no Shared Storage at this stage), and VMware Essentionals. Spread the 8 VMs across the two hosts. We have a 1yr old server that would be fine for 1 host - Dell R710, and looking at getting a Dell R720 for second host.
I guess my main question is, if backups are performed correctly and very regular on all VMs, should we have any issue moving/restarting VMs between these two hosts, of different hardware spec, if there is a issue with one of them. I'm aware we wouldn't have shared storage, Essentials Plus and therefore not be able to use vMotion.
Would this be acceptable, and would anyone have any ideas or thoughts on this method for our infrastructure and DR strategy.
Thanks for any input on this.