Server Recomendation

You could look into the use of data storage from Scale Computing. It
will help with the single point of failure issue and can be added to at
any time rather than having to buy an entirely new SAN.



Tim Dines

ERP Analyst

Steel Parts Manufacturing, Inc.

801 Berryman Pike

Tipton, IN 46072

765-675-5201



From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Joe Rojas
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:50 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Vantage] Server Recomendation





It certainly sounds like he is using all the correct terminology for
virtualization which means he has probably done his homework.
I've been doing a lot of research into virtualization lately and one of
the hot button topics is the use of a SAN. While shared storage is a
requirement for things like High Availability and VMotion it does become
a huge single point of failure. If the SAN goes down, your entire
network goes down.
This can be mitigated with a rock solid backup and disaster recovery
plan or with a redundant SAN but he is probably already aware.

As for Epicor, specifically, I think this is a great solution. I've seen
a couple of sites running E9 in a virtual environment with great
success.

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Subject: [Vantage] Server Recomendation

Hi Group

I know lately it was discussed about server configuration to run Epicor.

We are planning on upgrading our server pool to new servers and here is
what our Network admin has recommended.

We use Epicor 9.04.506B (Upgraded recently from 8.03) with licence for
11 users and 5 handheld users.

Server:

We are looking into upgrading our network and are planning to go virtual
using the VMware platform specifically installing their ESXi bare metal
hypervisor.

We are planning to have 2 possibly 3 host servers (Dell R610) configured
with VMware's High Availability feature connected to an iSCSI SAN. The
SAN (Dell PowerVault MD3000i) will have 2TB of available storage for the
entire network which includes hosting the VMs and all corporate data.
The SAN to
start will be populated with 8 500GB Near-Line SAS drives configured
in a
RAID 10.

Are there any known problems running Epicor in a virtual environment?

Recommendations for the virtual server specs specifically memory and
processor (obviously concerning Epicor9)?

Your thoughts on running/storing all data on a SAN (again specific to
Epicor9 )?

i told our Network admin that i will ask my friends on the user group
and get back to him.

Any help would be appreciated.

*Ephraim Feldman*

*Programmer / Analyst *

*Axis Lighting*

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Hi Group

I know lately it was discussed about server configuration to run Epicor.

We are planning on upgrading our server pool to new servers and here is what
our Network admin has recommended.

We use Epicor 9.04.506B (Upgraded recently from 8.03) with licence for 11
users and 5 handheld users.

Server:

We are looking into upgrading our network and are planning to go virtual
using the VMware platform specifically installing their ESXi bare metal
hypervisor.



We are planning to have 2 possibly 3 host servers (Dell R610) configured
with VMware�s High Availability feature connected to an iSCSI SAN. The SAN
(Dell PowerVault MD3000i) will have 2TB of available storage for the entire
network which includes hosting the VMs and all corporate data. The SAN to
start will be populated with 8 500GB Near-Line SAS drives configured in a
RAID 10.



Are there any known problems running Epicor in a virtual environment?

Recommendations for the virtual server specs specifically memory and
processor (obviously concerning Epicor9)?

Your thoughts on running/storing all data on a SAN (again specific to
Epicor9 )?


i told our Network admin that i will ask my friends on the user group and
get back to him.


Any help would be appreciated.


*Ephraim Feldman*

*Programmer / Analyst *

*Axis Lighting*

* *

*1.800.263.AXIS (2947)*

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It certainly sounds like he is using all the correct terminology for
virtualization which means he has probably done his homework.
I've been doing a lot of research into virtualization lately and one of
the hot button topics is the use of a SAN. While shared storage is a
requirement for things like High Availability and VMotion it does become
a huge single point of failure. If the SAN goes down, your entire
network goes down.
This can be mitigated with a rock solid backup and disaster recovery
plan or with a redundant SAN but he is probably already aware.

As for Epicor, specifically, I think this is a great solution. I've seen
a couple of sites running E9 in a virtual environment with great
success.












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From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Ephraim Feldman
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:02 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] Server Recomendation

Hi Group

I know lately it was discussed about server configuration to run Epicor.

We are planning on upgrading our server pool to new servers and here is
what our Network admin has recommended.

We use Epicor 9.04.506B (Upgraded recently from 8.03) with licence for
11 users and 5 handheld users.

Server:

We are looking into upgrading our network and are planning to go virtual
using the VMware platform specifically installing their ESXi bare metal
hypervisor.



We are planning to have 2 possibly 3 host servers (Dell R610) configured
with VMware's High Availability feature connected to an iSCSI SAN. The
SAN (Dell PowerVault MD3000i) will have 2TB of available storage for the
entire network which includes hosting the VMs and all corporate data.
The SAN to
start will be populated with 8 500GB Near-Line SAS drives configured
in a
RAID 10.



Are there any known problems running Epicor in a virtual environment?

Recommendations for the virtual server specs specifically memory and
processor (obviously concerning Epicor9)?

Your thoughts on running/storing all data on a SAN (again specific to
Epicor9 )?


i told our Network admin that i will ask my friends on the user group
and get back to him.


Any help would be appreciated.


*Ephraim Feldman*

*Programmer / Analyst *

*Axis Lighting*

* *

*1.800.263.AXIS (2947)*

*T: 514.948.6272*

*C: 514.884.5835*

*F; 514.948.6271*

* *

*ephraimf@...*

* *

*www.axislighting.com*


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I'd recommend if you're going the VMWare route to be extra certain
your hardware and storage components are all on the VMWare supported
hardware compatibility list. ESXi in particular has very specific
requirements and limited supported configurations.

You can get VMWare ESX to run on lots of different hardware. It is
supported on a subset of that.

ESXi will only install on a subset of that, and is supported on a
subset of that subset. :-)

You'll also want to think carefully through your backup and DR
scenarios, tolerance for risk, RPO and RTOs for applications and data,
etc.

Virtualization can provide wonderful flexibility (I'm in the midst of
a new backup/DR implementation leveraging some inexpensive whitebox
servers and a great backup product that is leveraging VMWare ESX4 for
hot backup VMs of my Epicor environment), but I spent a lot of time
dealing with various issues that I wouldn't have had to deal with had I
understood the hardware compatibility issues, etc.

-bws

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From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Joe Rojas
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:50 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [Vantage] Server Recomendation

It certainly sounds like he is using all the correct terminology for
virtualization which means he has probably done his homework.
I've been doing a lot of research into virtualization lately and one of
the hot button topics is the use of a SAN. While shared storage is a
requirement for things like High Availability and VMotion it does become
a huge single point of failure. If the SAN goes down, your entire
network goes down.
This can be mitigated with a rock solid backup and disaster recovery
plan or with a redundant SAN but he is probably already aware.

As for Epicor, specifically, I think this is a great solution. I've seen
a couple of sites running E9 in a virtual environment with great
success.












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dir: 781-573-0291 | cell: 781-408-1264 | fax: 781-341-5694
jrojas@... | www.matsinc.com Ask us about our clean, green and
beautiful matting and flooring


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From: vantage@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vantage@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Ephraim Feldman
Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:02 PM
To: vantage@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Vantage] Server Recomendation

Hi Group

I know lately it was discussed about server configuration to run Epicor.

We are planning on upgrading our server pool to new servers and here is
what our Network admin has recommended.

We use Epicor 9.04.506B (Upgraded recently from 8.03) with licence for
11 users and 5 handheld users.

Server:

We are looking into upgrading our network and are planning to go virtual
using the VMware platform specifically installing their ESXi bare metal
hypervisor.



We are planning to have 2 possibly 3 host servers (Dell R610) configured
with VMware's High Availability feature connected to an iSCSI SAN. The
SAN (Dell PowerVault MD3000i) will have 2TB of available storage for the
entire network which includes hosting the VMs and all corporate data.
The SAN to
start will be populated with 8 500GB Near-Line SAS drives configured
in a
RAID 10.



Are there any known problems running Epicor in a virtual environment?

Recommendations for the virtual server specs specifically memory and
processor (obviously concerning Epicor9)?

Your thoughts on running/storing all data on a SAN (again specific to
Epicor9 )?


i told our Network admin that i will ask my friends on the user group
and get back to him.


Any help would be appreciated.


*Ephraim Feldman*

*Programmer / Analyst *

*Axis Lighting*

* *

*1.800.263.AXIS (2947)*

*T: 514.948.6272*

*C: 514.884.5835*

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