It is becoming increasingly clear that I need to have 2 FileMaker servers for developing, 1 production and 1 testing. I like new versions to bed in before I am confident in upgrading my clients, and also need to become familiar with any new features that may be included, but it is not sensible to upgrade my production FMS on OSX.
Also with the lack of Mac hardware since the removal of quad core cpus in the Mini I feel I should become much more familiar with Windows as a server platform.
It has been suggested that an HP microserver with virtualisation (possibly with a Sinology NAS) maybe a good way to go, but on looking at the spec of the micro server I am not confident that it would have enough processor performance to run 1 let alone 2 VMs running FMS.
I want my FMS hardware to give me a realistic idea of performance once solutions are deployed on clients sites and so am quite happy with a slight under-specced server, but do not want to be replacing it every couple of years.
Anyone have any suggestions on sensible VM options for FMS?