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Five tips for deciding whether to virtualize a server

(Brien Posey, TechRepublic) Not all servers are suited for virtualization. Be sure you consider these possible deal-killers before you try to virtualize a particular server.

Even though server virtualization is all the rage these days, some servers simply aren’t good candidates for virtualization. Before you virtualize a server, you need to think about several things. Here are a few tips that will help you determine whether it makes sense to virtualize a physical server:
1. Take a hardware inventory
2. Take a software inventory
3. Benchmark the system’s performance
4. Check the support policy
5. Perform a trial virtualization

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