cheesyking wrote:(it's also much easier to get parts if anything goes wrong)
Wyglif wrote:Have you considered migrating some things like email to hosted and just getting a NAS? Could time normally spent on messing with updates.
absurdity wrote:cheesyking wrote:(it's also much easier to get parts if anything goes wrong)
You can get a 4-hour replacement warranty - something fails, within 4 hours a tech will show up with a part. What's easier than that?
cheesyking wrote:a 4 hour replacement warranty is an expensive extra
Scrotos wrote:the 4-hour window would also be useful if he's on vacation and the office needs to get something fixed
mattshwink wrote:Active Directory is actually pretty easy. It sounds like you have a single level forest/domain with one DC. The real issue is going to be Exchange, if you have it. There is no path from Exchange 2003 to 2013. You must go 2007 or 2010 first. Or you could just export all mail into PSTs and the reimport. Not impossible (or even hard) for 10 users, but something to think about. All DLs/security groups would also have to be setup again.
Upgrading the domain is fairly easy. Install the new 2012 server, run adprep from 2012 server, promote to DC, transfer FSMO roles, migrate Exchange (if needed), then decommission the old DC, finally raise domain and forest functional levels.
mattshwink wrote:As for essentials in Hyper-V....it should work. The only concern I would have would be running your DC in a VM, since it is your only one. With one server, though, not that big of a risk.
absurdity wrote:Welch wrote:I went with Seagate Constellation drives (500gb) and put them in a RAID 0 for the data drive
Really hope you meant RAID 1 there.
frumper15 wrote:I have to do some experimenting so see if I will run the SSDs on the included H200 card or the built in Intel SATA ports. It's not as easy a decision as I would hope - some initial googling has revealed the H200 may be dog-slow as a result of lacking a built-in cache and disabling the onboard drive cache. It may be a different story with an SSD vs. a mechanical drive so I'll do some tests and report back when I have the drives in hand.
Scrotos wrote:It ain't just us, either, there's other people complainin':
"Standalone Hyper-V is too painful to use"
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/For ... a60dfd494/