We're a small school district with about 700 computers. We currently
use ZfD 7, which is completely handled by our primary file and print
server running NetWare 6.5. We do not use inventory management or patch
management and don't plan to in the future.

We're preparing to replace this server with a new one running OES 2. My
plan has been for the new server to take over essentially all of the
functions of the current server. Looking ahead, though, I see that the
ZCM 10 installation recommends a separate server just for ZCM.

We don't have the money to buy another quality server without a good
reason, so I have two questions. First, why is it recommended that ZCM
be on its own server? I could find no explanation in the documentation.

Second, what about virtualization? I've been reading about the
capabilities built in to SLES 10. If I buy a good enough server machine
now, could I run ZCM in a virtual server and have my file and print
services on a separate virtual machine on the same hardware? If it
makes any difference I'm thinking of something along the lines of a
quad-core Xeon with 8 GB of RAM, multiple NICs, and a large SAS RAID 5
array. Thanks.

Jim Wagner