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    Hi all,

    I am after some advice on how I can use the VMware server to its maximum potential. I would like to install a training software to 10 pcs so to train people. I have to tell you that the software is quite demanding and the use of an Oracle database is necessary as well.

    I thought that the VMware solution might be a good idea so to keep all pcs clean (by going back to an original snapshot) after every training session. However, I am a little bit confused.

    I am also thinking of installing the VMware server to my physical server where I can create 10 partitions running windows XP professional. I will have to install the software+database to one of the virtual pcs partitions and then import this to all the rest of the virtual machines. The trainees can then log into those 10 virtual machines of the server. I am quite worried about the speed of the network and how this can respond to all the simultaneous requests from the trainees. Do you think that this can be an issue?

    Another idea would be to install 10 VMware servers (since it is free) to each trainee's pc and make snapshots so that when the virtual pcs are rebooted they can all go back to an original configuration. I do not know.....I am a little bit confused.

    My aim here is to always go back to an original project/database configuration. I may be wrong in the approach I am taking.

    I would also like to make a "global solution". I mean to be able to distribute the virtual machine to all other pcs in my company. However, the rest of the pcs might not have the same hardware installed. Does that mean that the image will not be compatible? How can I get around this problem as well? How can I make a global image irrespective of the hardware being used?

    Any suggestions?

    Your help will be very much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Kostas

  • #2
    Re: VMware Server advice

    For openers, why not post this in the VMware forum instead of the Microsoft virtualization forum?

    I'll answer this question after dinner.

    Jas
    VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
    boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist
    My advice has no warranties. Follow at your own risk.

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    • #3
      Re: VMware Server advice

      Originally posted by kostas
      Hi all,

      I am after some advice on how I can use the VMware server to its maximum potential. I would like to install a training software to 10 pcs so to train people. I have to tell you that the software is quite demanding and the use of an Oracle database is necessary as well.
      This is a good idea to think about. A training lab is a common use for virtualization products.

      As far as performance goes, you're going to need to test your demainding software in a proof of concept or lab environment before you commit to anything. Since some of the virtualization products out on the market are free, the testing won't cost you a dime other than your own labor.

      Originally posted by kostas
      I thought that the VMware solution might be a good idea so to keep all pcs clean (by going back to an original snapshot) after every training session. However, I am a little bit confused.
      Another good idea. What exactly are you confused about though?

      Originally posted by kostas
      I am also thinking of installing the VMware server to my physical server where I can create 10 partitions running windows XP professional. I will have to install the software+database to one of the virtual pcs partitions and then import this to all the rest of the virtual machines. The trainees can then log into those 10 virtual machines of the server. I am quite worried about the speed of the network and how this can respond to all the simultaneous requests from the trainees. Do you think that this can be an issue?
      Don't create 10 partitions for 10 virtual machines. That is not needed. Rather, create one partition with each of the 10 VMs on that one partition. The only reason to create multiple partitions would be to spread partitions across more disk spindles which would increase disk I/O performance.

      Originally posted by kostas
      Another idea would be to install 10 VMware servers (since it is free) to each trainee's pc and make snapshots so that when the virtual pcs are rebooted they can all go back to an original configuration. I do not know.....I am a little bit confused.
      Not an efficient use for VMware Server. If you're going to go this route, forget about VMware server and use VMware Player which is also a free product.

      Originally posted by kostas
      My aim here is to always go back to an original project/database configuration. I may be wrong in the approach I am taking.

      I would also like to make a "global solution". I mean to be able to distribute the virtual machine to all other pcs in my company. However, the rest of the pcs might not have the same hardware installed. Does that mean that the image will not be compatible? How can I get around this problem as well? How can I make a global image irrespective of the hardware being used?

      Any suggestions?

      Your help will be very much appreciated.

      Thanks

      Kostas
      VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is becoming a hot topic. I suggest you browse the following forum for some more ideas:
      http://www.vmware.com/community/forum.jspa?forumID=276
      VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
      boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist
      My advice has no warranties. Follow at your own risk.

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      • #4
        Re: VMware Server advice

        Thank you moderator for moving this topic to the correct forum.

        Jas
        VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
        boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist
        My advice has no warranties. Follow at your own risk.

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