Our K1000 and K2000 appliances are coming up on 5 years.  I have been asked to research if we should virtualize both appliances or if we should purchase 2 new appliances.

I am looking for pros and cons for anyone who went from an appliance to virtualization or from anyone that is just using virtualization.

Any information you could provide would be most appreciated.

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  • How many machines do you have. I believe the VM is still rated for 10,000.
  • We have 2500 computers in Kbox currently and 3 Kbox extenders at our Regional Centers. We image and patch from the RSA's at our regional centers. I am also looking into adding external storage to the K1000 so that I can utilize advertising software. Could add external storage to the K2000 but not really needed at this time.
  • I used a VK1000 and VK2000 at a previous employer and I vote for virtualization. You don't have to worry about the warranty on hardware and it's very easy to maintain.
  • +1 for a VM, no VM related issues ever just general application & OS issues as per any server. VM ar just so much easier to move around, redeploy, rollback etc We have very few physical servers these days and those we have are earmarked for retirement. I would just double check with Kace that all your config can be easily exported/imported 5 years will have seen a lot of customisation I suspect.
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I went through a virtualization on the K1000 and K2000. I would say it's worth it. It was a bit of a pain in some areas. My K1000 backups would not restore properly, but Kace Support worked hard to get my K1000 back up and running. My physical K2000 was to where it was locking up almost weekly and we had to do a hard reset which was a pain. Since I switched to virtual on the K2000 I have not had a lockup, and have been using it in a virtual environment for about six months. The backup and restore on the K2000 is a bit of a pain and slow, but all in all I would say it's worth the hassle on both. Hope this helps.
Answered 08/25/2014 by: tommax01
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