R.D. Olson Development
Synopsis:Physical to Virtual migration of 4 servers; upgraded windows domain and e-mail messaging software
R.D. Olson Development, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is a leading owner and developer of hotel, high density residential, office, retail, and mixed-use income properties throughout the U.S. For the past 10 years, the company has grown a diverse investment portfolio and earned a reputation for delivering profitable real estate solutions, building unique destinations, and above all, creating value.
R. D. Olson Development was looking to consolidate their server infrastructure as well as upgrade server application software in tandem. The server hardware was becoming outdated and R. D. Olson Development was wanting to utilize resources available on their existing virtual infrastructure from their parent company, R. D. Olson Construction. The R. D. Olson Development network consisted of 4 physical HP servers (a combination of DL380 and DL360 G5 servers consisting of 1 Windows 2003 Domain controller, 1 Exchange 2003 Server, 1 Windows 2003 File server and 1 Windows 2003 Terminal Server) along with 10-20 users, both in house and remote. The company wanted to upgrade their Windows infrastructure, including Exchange, to take advantage of new features from both an operating system and application perspective as well as support for newer mobile devices.
Synegi modified R. D. Olson Construction’s virtual infrastructure to include networking support for R. D. Development. The requirement was to keep both companies separate logically while utilizing existing infrastructure hardware. 4 new Windows 2008 R2 virtual machines were created (New Domain Controller, New Exchange 2010 server, New Remote Desktop Services server, New File server) on the existing vSphere cluster (2 x DL380 G6 servers). During the domain controller migration, Active directory was upgraded from 2003 to 2008 R2 and the schema was also extended to support the installation of Exchange 2010 in the environment. Exchange mailboxes were migrated from Exchange 2003 to the new Exchange 2010 server. File server data was migrated to the new server and network shares were re-established. All other networking services (DNS/DHCP/Print) were configured appropriately on the new servers and the old servers were decommissioned and removed from the network, per Microsoft best practices. All the new virtual machines were placed on a new iSCSI volume configured on the HP StoreVirtual SAN.
The new servers and software has improved overall performance and user experience. Having upgraded Active Directory to the latest version, more group policy features were available to improve the logon experience on the workstations as well as enforce new security features. The upgrade to Exchange 2010 improved user e-mail experience inside as well as outside the office with Outlook Anywhere and support for newer mobile devices. Remote Desktop Services (Formerly terminal services) improved the remote user experience, which included quicker logon times and faster performance, based on user feedback. With R. D. Olson Development’s infrastructure now virtualized and running upon a clustered VMware vSphere infrastructure, some protection was gained in terms of being protected by VMware HA and by the use of HP StoreVirtual SAN snapshots. The ability to easily upgrade VM resources (virtual CPU and virtual Memory) in the event VM performance comes in to question, was also gained.
- Older versions of Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange lacked new features.
- Need to upgrade outdated physical HP servers.
- Need to virtualize new server environment and consolidate.
- Utilize existing SAN and VMware virtual infrastructure
- HP DL380 G6 Servers.
- HP StoreVirtual SAN (P4500G2 SAN running LefthandOS)
- Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Active Directory 2008 R2
- Exchange 2010 Standard
- Migrate to virtual machines running upon HP servers.
- Upgrade Active Directory from 2003 to 2008 R2.
- Upgrade Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 with Archive mailboxes.
- Faster, efficient servers and user experience.
- Protection from SAN snapshots and flexibility of new servers running in a virtualized environment.
- Savings increase and reduced power consumption as 4 physical servers were removed from the environment.