OpenServer 6.0.0 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 6 can be a rather difficult operating system to virtualize or migrate to new hardware. Its lack of an easy method to change host bus adapters is one of the primary issues when needing to perform a migration or Physical to Virtual (P2V) machine conversion.

Microlite Corporation has developed a comprehensive procedure that:

The resulting virtual machine can have as many CPUs and as much RAM as OpenServer 6 and VMware support (with proper licenses).

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 6. 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