I am hoping to receive a very valuable input on this topic because we have not performed this implementation before, it is the very first but the real question is the possibility to accomplish this.
Our client is currently running onsite SBS 2008 with AD, DNS and MS Exchange 2007 with one 1TB storage that houses the all data and etc.
The company wants to reduce any downtime on the server in case of any hardware failure, corruption of data and etc. So they want a very minimal downtime on the server. There is a very limited budget for this project also.
Is it possible to get them 1 additional physical server, install XenServer, On the SBS (Install XenConvert) and Convert the main SBS by creating VHD or XVA file with all the entire c: then Create a virtual machine on XenServer with the VHD or XVA or relevant file? Boot the VM afterwards to have it running on new VM
Please kindly advise on step by step guide if this is possible and will any services be disabled on the VM after creation. We only want to keep standby replica of the main server on the new VM with AD, Exchange and by so doing, If the main server goes down, we can easily power up the VM on the physical server.
Your valuable advise will be mostly appreciated.