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Server Virtualisation for Arnison Heelis

Arnison Heelis evolved following the merger in 2011 of two long established local firms; Arnison & Company Solicitors Limited in Penrith and Heelis Solicitors in Appleby.

Our local knowledge and expertise have ensured that both firms have long been committed to providing high quality legal assistance and our team continue to offer a professional, personal and friendly service.


  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Exchange

Key Challenges

  • Move to Hyper-V
  • Migration of multiple LOB Applications from Server 2003 to Server 2012 R2
  • Migration of large file store used by multiple offices
  • Email Migration from Exchange 2003


Arnison Heelis had been experiencing performance and reliability issues from the legacy software and hardware they currently had in place. As IT is key to the business operation the decision was taken to invest in new hardware and software to address the needs and requirements of the business.

After an initial site visit by System IT we identified that Arnison Heelis would benefit from using the Microsoft server virtualisation product Hyper-V. By making use of Hyper-V we could consolidate the number of physical servers in the business and provide a more robust and reliable IT platform.

System IT made use of the latest Microsoft Server 2012 R2 technology as the base for the new installation allowing Arnison Heelis to benefit for all the latest features and improvements that this product has to offer. We were able to consolidate 4 physical servers into 1 new virtual platform. All data and services were migrated to the new virtual platform and once testing and validation had been performed the old servers were decommissioned. Arnison Heelis now have a modern reliable IT infrastructure which allows for easy expansion and upgrades in the future.