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Re: [Xen-users] Migration from a regular system to Xen

To: Antoine Benkemoun <antoine@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Migration from a regular system to Xen
From: Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 19:00:27 +0100
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Antoine Benkemoun wrote:

Now that I finally have been able to get Xen running in a pre-production environment and soon in a production environment. I am looking to extend my use of Xen.

To set the background, I work for a French hosting company and in our office we have a shelf full of old and crappy servers that are just rotting away. The health and reliability of the machines are becoming pretty doubtful. What we would like to do is throw all these old machines in the trash and replace them with a single server running Xen.
Much depends on the base OS of your old and crappy servers. The overall cost and intricacies are heavily system dependent. There are companies that know how to do this on a commercial scale, such as almost any of the consultants on the Xensource listed pages.

The thing is that it would take absolutly forever to reinstall the machines since they all have really old and obscure technologies (I found some Cold Fusion 4). What we would like to do is migrate them to Xen but without reinstalling them...

Is this possible ?

Having a machine with a bunch of disks is viable but making disks images would be the best option.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Much depends on your resources.

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