I guess at this point I am interested to hear your opinions on what you think the best/easiest to manage redundant backups servers are. I recently had a cpu failure and spent about an hour starting new services on another server to manage until I can replace the cpu.
I currently manage 5 servers that are starting to age. I plan on replacing all of them with 2 new servers. I would like to start using virtual box or similar vbox software for everything if possible. I would like to make the 2 new servers redundant copies of eachother. This way if 1 goes down, the other can take over.
Currently the servers are running a few different things, server 1 is the DHCP and Active Directory server, server 2 is building security, server 3 runs a proprietary pay roll and accounting software, server 4 runs a shore tel phone system, and server 5 is running some random things such as a print to email smtp relay. It seems overkill and there is more heat and power consumption than needed.
Anyway my goal is to consolidate all servers to 1 new server preferably in virtual box or similar, and then clone the vbox to the other new server frequently (once a night running a script) as a backup/redundant system.
Any thoughts on this? Is Virtual Box something I should be looking into for simplicity in backups? If I buy 2 new servers that are identical I could also simply clone one to the other as a backup. At this point I am not certain if shore tel will work on a vbox or the other software. I haven't used virtual box outside of testing software/virus related things.
All thoughts are welcome. If you manage a server room, what have you found to be the best method for redundancy and easy failover options?
Edited by zingo156, 29 September 2014 - 08:28 AM.