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10 issues to consider during virtualization planning

(Brien Posey, TechRepublic) Server virtualization is becoming increasingly popular, and it seems that everyone is in a mad dash to virtualize their datacenter.  While there’s no disputing the benefits of server virtualization, there are some questions you should address before you begin to virtualize your servers.

Virtualizing your servers offers significant advantages, but effective planning is crucial to your success. Make sure you have satisfactory answers to these key questions before you get underway:
  1. Does the virtualization plan include a single point of failure?
  2. Are all the applications supported in a virtual environment?
  3. Are there any servers that are not good virtualization candidates?
  4. How will domain controller placement work?
  5. What is the most suitable virtualization platform?
  6. What is the contingency plan if a host server dies?
  7. How many guest machines can each host accommodate?
  8. What software licenses will be required?
  9. How will the old server hardware be used?
  10. What is the plan for existing server clusters?
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