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    Hi,

    I want to build an isolated testing environment to one computer ([email protected], 8GB RAM etc.). In this "testlab" i'm going to install few Windows Servers, few Windows XP clients and so on.

    Is it possible to configure this virtual network to have router, firewall and switches?

    Where to start? VMware has lot's of different products and i'm little confused about this.

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    Re: Building a testlab with VMware

    The answer in practice this is possible. there are a few caveats.

    - all your components in the environment will be software based (router/firewall ....)
    - Vmware workstation will most probably be the most suitable for your needs - but it costs money
    - You could also perhaps get these things to work on ESX3i (which is free) but there is a strict HCL.
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      Re: Building a testlab with VMware

      Originally posted by Justin Credible View Post
      Hi,

      I want to build an isolated testing environment to one computer ([email protected], 8GB RAM etc.). In this "testlab" i'm going to install few Windows Servers, few Windows XP clients and so on.
      You may find yourself short on RAM, depending on how much RAM you allocate to your VMs.

      Originally posted by Justin Credible View Post
      Is it possible to configure this virtual network to have router,
      Yes.

      Originally posted by Justin Credible View Post
      firewall
      Yes.

      Originally posted by Justin Credible View Post
      and switches?
      Yes.

      Originally posted by Justin Credible View Post
      Where to start?
      It depends on your skill level. How familiar are you with VMware so far and which VMware product do you plan on using?

      Originally posted by Justin Credible View Post
      VMware has lot's of different products and i'm little confused about this.
      I would recommend VMware ESXi if it will work with your hardware.
      Otherwise, use VMware Server 2.0.
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