OpenServer 5.0.7 Virtualization and Disparate Hardware Conversion
Virtualizing the operating system on a physical server can be the key to preserving its applications and migrating it to faster hardware that it may not support on its own. It also enables the operating system and applications to be easily migrated to internet-based, or "cloud" servers, potentially lowering future maintenance costs and ensuring "run forever" status.
Xinuos (formerly SCO) OpenServer 5.0.7 can be virtualized or migrated to new hardware. However, there is a lot of attention to detail required to get things right.
Microlite Corporation has developed a comprehensive procedure that:
- Enables P2V conversions to VMware ESXi 4.1 and above.
- Allows the target virtual machine filesystem sizes to be modified as necessary. They may be grown or shrunk as needed.
- Allows physical hard drives to be consolidated into fewer virtual drives in many instances.
- Enables and optimizes host bus and network adapters compatible with VMware.
- Preserves the OpenServer 5.0.7 license.
The resulting virtual machine can have as many CPUs and as much RAM as OpenServer 5.0.7 and VMware support (with proper licenses).
While the virtualization document describes a procedure with specific reference to VMware virtual machines, in practice it can be applied to any physical hardware capable of supporting the OpenServer 5.0.7 operating system.
From device drivers to mouse and video support, no one has ever created a procedure as comprehensive as this one.
Performing the P2V Procedure
The Procedure is always performed by a representative of Microlite Corporation, preferably over a GoToMeeting session, but may be performed on-site if desired by the client.
The source server must have a fully licensed copy of OpenServer 5.0.7. This license will transfer to the destination server.
The source server must be completely up-to-date with using the PATCHK tool from SCO / Xinuos.
The source server must have a current copy of BackupEDGE installed, with a 5 Year Support and Maintenance Subscription. This license will transfer to the destination server.
Some client applications that are inode-locked or have other license locks may need to be re-licensed after the procedure. Please check with any software vendors on their re-licensing procedures.
The SCO / Xinuos operating system license will remain activated but will request re-registration after this procedure is complete.
Microlite will prepare an engagement letter for the client to sign prior to scheduling any work.
P2V Conversion Fees
A two hour GoToMeeting conference will be held prior to scheduling the procedure so that the Microlite representative can survey the current physical server, make sure it is up to specification, and begin preparing a procedure. This is billed at standard Microlite consulting rates, currently $250 per hour, so the fee for this survery is $500.
The fee for a P2V conversion is $1,500 per day or partial day, plus travel expenses if performed on-site, plus the required BackupEDGE license and Support and Maintenance Subscription as listed above. Most P2V conversion can be completed in a single work day (plus a travel day if performed on-site). Any longer times required (for instance, due to travel distance from our Aliquippa PA USA offices) will be negotiated in advance.
Last Updated - 2017/01/31