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How to make a VPS out of a dedicated server?

A dedicated server refers to a physical machine which is solely or completely dedicated to a client to cater to its requirements. A VPS (Virtual Private Server) imitates a dedicated server and provides a complete root access to the user. A dedicated server is sliced into multiple virtual private servers using virtualization technology. A virtual server is capable of running its own copy of operating system. It makes the best use of resources and enables a business to maximize its investment in the hardware.

Following steps needs to be followed to make a VPS out of a dedicated server:


Step 1:

Check if your physical server is capable of meeting the hardware requirements of the hypervisor. A hypervisor is an operating system, which manages virtual servers and requires explicit hardware to install.

Step 2:

Save your data or appliance configuration, running on the current physical server.

Step 3:

Install the hypervisor by inserting the disc in the reader.

Step 4:

Boot the hypervisor console and refer to the user manual for creating VM (Virtual Machine). You can customize and scale-up/down the RAM, CPU power, storage, and memory to meet your business requirement.

Step 5:

Install OS by using an image of the disk stored on a hard disc drive. Next configure and install the appliance.

Step 6:

Repeat the entire process for all the appliances required to be installed in the virtual server.

Following tips can prove to be important while replicating the above process:

- Hypervisors may be available as an open source or as a proprietary version


- Some hypervisors allow to scale-up or down memory and CPU power


- If you are converting multiple identical dedicated server to VPS server, you can transfer Virtual Machine from one server to another, without any service interruptions.


- You can easily convert a dedicated server to a virtual server by using VMware convert or XenConvert

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