A number of us have set up a Selenium Grid using the Selenium 1 Grid and have been using it for a long time. Since we have this why not upgrade the nodes to the Selenium Server that supports both Remote Control and WebDriver and use our original configuration? One thing to note is that we will only be able to run Selenium Remote Control tests this way.
Let's have a try at starting this all up.
java -jar selenium-server-standalone.jar -role hub -grid1Yml selenium-grid-1.0.8/grid_configuration.yml
We have just got the Selenium ...