Today we look at the hardware that we will need for the new infrastructure. Let us look at the requirements:

  • Mail communication with Web-Access
  • Collaboration through Share Point
  • Expandability for future Applications (Time-Reporting is a hot topic)
  • SQL-Server supporting both Share Point and other web-applications
  • High availability

Considering the Software requirements and our knowledge, we will go for a complete Microsoft environment consisting of the following Products:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Office Share Point Server 2007
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition

As high availability is also a requirement, we will virtualize the servers using an ESX 3.0 Cluster. To accommodate this need we will use the following Hardware

  • 2x HP DL370 G5 with 2 Quad-Core XEONs at 2.33Ghz and 8GB RAM
  • 1x HP MSA 1000 with 500GB Disk-Space

The ESX-Cluster is controlled through a shared Virtual-Center to enable Vmotion, high availability (HA) and Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) functionality.

As we are on a VERY short timescale, the whole project should fall flat following the standard rules of business. Fortunately, there is such a system already at the datacenter which was planned to become a test-system for our server-guys. Well, now it is ours.

After a while the ESX-Cluster is ready to be filled with virtual machines.

3 Weeks to Deadline….