[CentOS] File server as host for a Windows Server VM?

Sat Sep 14 16:06:40 UTC 2019
Erick Perez - Quadrian Enterprises <eperez at quadrianweb.com>

I did that kind of in the past. Now I dont because I have plenty of
resoruces available.
So far you have not provided stats on server usage (cpu,ram) over a
24hour or 7 day 8am-5pm timeframe. So I will asume you have plenty of
usage/performance to spare.
I suggest you to -if possible- replicate the current server setup
somewhere else and then install the KVM and dependencies via yum. That
way you will spot potential problems if any library changes and its
being used by samba.

Unless using SSDs when creating the VM pleae do not use dynamic disk
allocation. MS SQL may be very intensive and you are already sharing
resources, lets not be the i/o intensity of the expanding disk one of
remember SQL server is all about RAM, the more the merrier.
is your partition aligned?

Erick Perez

On Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 10:23 AM miguel medalha <medalist at sapo.pt> wrote:
> I hope that someone here can give some advice on the following:
> I have a Samba based Active Directory. A CentOS 7.6 machine runs as a
> file server and hosts the Windows user profiles for all the Windows
> workstations.
> Now management has decided that they need a Windows server for a couple
> of administrative applications, which need MS SQL Server. That would be
> the only role of this Windows. Since the above mentioned server has
> enough resources (2x Quad Core Xeon 2.66 GHz with HT and 48 GB of RAM, a
> dual port 10 Gb NIC) I thought of making it a host for a Windows virtual
> machine using KVM. Given the resources and current setup we have, at the
> moment it wouldn't be practical to implement both servers as VMs on top
> of a bare metal hypervisor.
> According to your experience, is there any motive why I shouldn't use
> such a setup?
> Thank you for any insights.
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