No, i dont anticipate it being recurring.
Its part of a migration to a virtual environment. We're trying to limit licensing and consoidate former standalone servers that used to be linked into instances on a consolidation server...so lots of existing procedures have the old linked server name in their joins, and we are trying to get down to one mother ship.
An idea the network admins want to try is to alias the old server names with DNS to get them to point to the new consolidation server...i'm not sure how that works, but i do know there just got to be too many standalones.
Our perception is that what has already moved into VMs is faster than it was because the VM has less latency than the standalones communicating over the network did, something i found counterintuitive but great.