Virtualization and the ISP (part 4)

The fun is getting going – ordered up the 8 servers as listed in the configuration in my blog post from October 4th, 2008 on October 14th, 2008.

This will give me 8 host systems and one spare on the shelf (I’ll be using it for test deployments and such as well).

Ship date: October 16th, 2008.

Weight: 862lb

Due date: Today!  October 20th, 2008.  (Dell tracking said Friday the 17th, but obviously that wasn’t correct, but was in Minneapolis at 8:49am and out for delivery)

I have moved one production system over already (one of the POP/IMAP servers) and performance has been excellent.  Over the next few days I’ll get 3 more of the host systems online and migrate the other POP/IMAP physical servers over, then tear down the old systems and remove them from the rack(s).

There is one snag holding us back for the web server side of things – a PDF library that was used by our in-house web guy for automatic formating of PDF documents.  We’ll get this worked out soon and start that migration as well.

Once I get these initial 10 systems retired and out of the racks, we’ll rack up the other 4 host systems and prep them for the eventual task of migration of our caching and authoritative name servers (4), our SMTP servers (8), and measure again how things are going (performance, power, etc).

Part 4.1 coming soon, with pictures if I remember a camera…