While we're no longer using VMware Server, it had a monumental impact on our IT strategy and served us faithfully for over 3 1/2 years from Feb 2006 thru August 2009 ... forever changing the IT landscape at GCC. In those years we were huge cheerleaders for the free VMware Server platform giving several public talks and demos ... culminating with VMware asking us to do a webinar for them :-)
So for fun here's a short look back at some of the VMware Server related "events" at GCC ...
Feb 2006 - GCC begins testing VMware Server Beta on a few lower priority applications like Terminal Services and WSUS. We're so impressed that in the following weeks we start moving more and more applications into VM's. Read the blog post
April 2006 - Our physical Exchange server pukes, so we rebuild it onto VMware Server. We also start researching SAN solutions to take our virtualization environment to the next level. Read the blog post
July 12th, 2006 - VMware Server 1.0.0 goes live and offers paid support options. Of course by this time we're already sold on virtualization and VMware Server and have most everything running in a VM. Read the blog post
July 2006 - I'm asked to give a presentation on our use of VMware Server at the Michiana IT Pro User Group. Read the blog post
November 2007 - VMware contacts us and Ed does a webinar for them about our use of VMware Server. Read the blog post
April 2008 - I present on Virtualization and VMware Server at MinistryTECH. Read the blog post
April 2008 - Overview of our virtualization environment at the time. Read the blog post
August 19, 2009 - We begin saying farewell to VMware Server as we start our 1st Vsphere Install. Read the blog post
Why the switch from VMware Server? Well, once you get over 20 VM's it becomes difficult to manage them all under the VMware Server platform. You'll also get a performance increase by moving to a bare-metal hypervisor like ESX/ESXi. So when I crunched the numbers, paying ~$1000/yr over 3 years to move us to Vsphere Standard was a no-brainer.
VMware Server is still available for free ... if you've not played with server virtualization (you need to be slapped mightly if that is true!) it's still one of the simplest ways to get your feet wet.
I will always have a special place in my heart for VMware Server ... thanks for all you gave to us at GCC ... and happy 4th BDAY!