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Old 05-27-2008, 01:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Someone has thrown me a curve ball in relation to instead of building a new BES and transferring users over, they are thinking we move the BES to our ESX server.

Can you run the BES on a VM server and if so, anyone doing it and any issues?
Currently 150 users, but as we have 350 normal mobile users, I rekon the use of BB's will shoot through to the roof to say atleast 400.

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Old 05-27-2008, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,

our BES is running on a ESX Server. There are current only 25 Users but no Problems till yet.

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we have been running BES in a Microsoft Virtual server 2005 enviornment for a few months with no issues.
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Our 4 BES are running on VMware ESX and we have between 450 and 550 users on each
No problems here
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We have been running our BES on ESX for several months with no problems.
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My BES is also virtual. I also found out at WES that all of RIM's Exchange and Domino servers are virtual. The only physical servers they have are for Groupwise.
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Just to clarify, what part of the BES is in the VM? Just the server software, or is the database in there, as well?

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we have both on vom, sql and bes, no problems at all
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I ran BES in an ESX 3.0.x VM for the better part of a year, 150 users. The backend DB was in SQL but that was eventually moved into an ESX 3.0.x VM as well.
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Two BES servers at different locations; one on Windows Virtual Server 2005 and another on VMware Virtual Server. Roughly 15 users each one and no hiccups or anything that would indicate it couldn't easily handle more.
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I'm running BES 4.1.5 on VM with about 100 users. The only caveat I've witnessed is when an OTA activation doesn't work or some other reason you have to physically connect your BB to the BES via USB (i.e. Assign Device). VMWare 2.0 has USB 2.0 support, so there's a workaround if you're willing to try the beta.

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I have a much smaller user base (31 users) and my BES is virtual on the free VMWare Server. Zero problems.
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I'm running BES 4.1.5 on VM with about 100 users. The only caveat I've witnessed is when an OTA activation doesn't work or some other reason you have to physically connect your BB to the BES via USB (i.e. Assign Device). VMWare 2.0 has USB 2.0 support, so there's a workaround if you're willing to try the beta.
OR load BB Manager on your workstation...
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1 physical 1 vm remote database, 1000 users between the 2, no issues whatsoever.

We have that attachment server on both, just make sure you have enough RAM on the VM (cpu is minimal).

Provisioning VM's for software deployments, attachment, router, mds is an excellent way to take the load off of your primary bes, you can also create a reasonable DR strategy and development environment by cloning the VM's.(just watch the SRP's when doing this).
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Hi,

we have 2 BES'es on VMWare ESX servers.
about 170users on each and no problems what so ever.

The SQL db is on a separate (physical) server.

I would say, just go for it ;)
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BES 4.1/23 users/MySQL on BES Server on MS-Virtual Server for over a year. No issues.
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BES 4.1/23 users/MySQL on BES Server on MS-Virtual Server for over a year. No issues.
MySQL? How'd you manage that?
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MySQL? How'd you manage that?
Probaby using this MySQL :: MySQL 5.0 Reference Manual :: 2.4.8 Installing MySQL on Windows

Apologies for the flippancy but it's been one of those weekends.
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Default Groupwise environment, VMs for the BES

We have two BES's on ESX running against a SQL database on a physical box. The mail servers are also on physical boxes.

We have some issues with performance, but not because of the VMs. A BES on a VM works pretty well.
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