K1000/K2000 Physical to Virtual Conversion
We're about due for a hardware refresh of our KACE appliances and we've been looking into the option about converting to their virtual platforms. I'd be interested in hearing any success/horror stories from other users who have gone through a conversion and can suggest any "gotchas" to watch out. Have your experiences using a virtual platform versus the physical appliance been positive or been nightmarish?
I've read some of the prep documentation and am trying to figure out a correlation of what my hardware specs should be like for a small environment like ours where we have approximately 800 managed hosts in 5 different locations in one state. Will the recommended 4 vCPU / 4GB RAM be enough or do I have to scale up? How has patching and managed installations worked out for you once going virtual? Will I only need one VM or do I have to worry about creating additional VM's for any other tasks (Not sure if I need a dedicated SQL or DB server now that I'm going off of a physical appliance)
I have a call scheduled with Dell to discuss but would love to hear some user opinions on this.
Thank you as always!
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Posted by: chucksteel 5 years ago
We moved our K1000 from physical to virtual and it was a fairly seamless transition. The new KBox was spun up and we restored our latest backup and everything started working. We have over 2400 systems in our inventory with a lot of custom inventory rules and our box performs pretty well with just 8GB of RAM.
Posted by: GoranK 5 years ago
We have recently moved to a Hyper-V environment for our K1000. We manage around 1000 machines and use the service desk really heavily.
I will say that the technical requirements document provided is incorrect as our K1000 ran very slow (Took 60 minutes to start up). We had to go up to 8 VCPUs and 16GB Ram in order to achieve the same performance we previously had.
As I do not know what kind of environment you have you could go either vMware or host it on Hyper-V, both will achieve the same result.
Moving to a virtual environment will be easy as you can just restore your backup and if anything does go wrong you always have your old system to fall back on. However I do recommend once you do restore from backup to restart the Kace server and tell it to check the database.
Also if you do go Hyper-V do not forget to the following:
Posted by: meritmedit 4 years ago