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VMware. What is VMware?. VMware is virtual machine software It runs multiple operating systems on a single computer It’s an excellent testing and development platform It’s an enterprise-class server as well It’s a paradigm shift. Flavors of VMware. VMware Workstation GSX Server

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what is vmware
What is VMware?
  • VMware is virtual machine software
  • It runs multiple operating systems on a single computer
  • It’s an excellent testing and development platform
  • It’s an enterprise-class server as well
  • It’s a paradigm shift
flavors of vmware
Flavors of VMware
  • VMware Workstation
  • GSX Server
  • ESX Server
vmware workstation
VMware Workstation
  • Current version is 5.5
  • Evaluation license key is valid for 30 days
    • This is a full working version
    • VMware has extended this for additional evaluation time if necessary
  • Runs on Windows or Linux
  • Retails for ~$189
  • Upgrades after a year are ~$95 a workstation
gsx server
GSX Server
  • Able to run multiple servers or workstations on a single box
  • Meant for a small size server environments and larger-scale test environments
  • Scales to allow a test Active Directory domain, client/server environment, etc.
  • Can run on Windows or Linux
  • Retails for ~$1400 for a dual processor system
  • But you can do better than that!
esx server
ESX Server
  • Enterprise-class virtual server
  • This is meant more for a live environment
  • ESX Server is built directly into a custom Linux kernel to optimize performance, stability, and modularization
  • Pricing: call them. We just purchased this for a 2 processor system with a bundled package for ~$3500.
why vmware workstation is good
Why VMware Workstation is good
  • Saves the average administrator and developer hundreds of hours a year by allowing rapid, modular and convenient tests
  • You can run Windows on Linux and Linux on Windows
  • You can do presentations involving OS-based demonstrations on the same piece of hardware as the presentation using multiple VMware systems
  • It’s VERY cheap
why gsx server is good
Why GSX Server is good
  • It’s less expensive than ESX Server
  • It allows for multi-processor environments and rapid tests of multiple systems
  • You can run a few servers or workstations on a single system
  • If you’re not comfortable with Linux, you can use a Windows Server as the host OS
why esx server is good
Why ESX Server is good
  • Create new systems faster with reduced hardware needs allowing for tailored and scalable memory and processor utilization
  • Decouple application workloads from underlying physical hardware for increased flexibility- read this is to separate your server applications and services onto individual servers (DNS, DHCP, SMS, IIS, AD, FTP, Brightmail, Sendmail, whatever).
  • Dramatically lower the cost of business continuity- if your virtual system dies, crank of a new box and run a restore in just a few minutes
things you can do to impress your friends
Things you can do to impress your friends
  • You can build a base test image, take a snapshot, run multiple tests on it, destroy it, and then just revert back like nothing happened
  • You can clone it for future work or pass it on to someone
  • You can set up small server-client/server test environments
    • I have an parallel Active Directory domain complete with an Exchange Server, SQL Server, IIS box, etc.
  • You can join your own domain and test concepts from permissions to group policy
  • You can pause in the middle of working on a project and come back to it later
things you can do to impress yourself
Things you can do to impress yourself
  • Run Symantec ghost into or out of your VMware system- Dell GX1’s and Pentium III systems work, others may not. In other words- put your current system into VMware easily. You can use the import tool for this as well.
  • Test out multi-homing systems by adding additional virtual NIC’s
  • Really learn how to script/MSI package by doing some really potentially destructive ones without hurting your live systems
  • Virtual Teams- set up a template system, distribute tests without damaging the original
things you can do to impress your boss
Things you can do to impress your boss
  • Leverage VMware to drastically improve your speed of testing, server, and workstation deployment
  • Do live demonstrations of concepts using VMware systems to drive a good point home
  • Reduce your wasted time by pre-configuring images that are in various stages of deployment
things you can do to impress your users
Things you can do to impress your users
  • More thoroughly test upgrades, rollouts, and deployments to perfect the concept before going live. This means way less downtime for users and of course- a more polished look
  • Learn how to script if you’ve got more than just a few computers. This is a great platform to teach yourself on!
  • Learn how to MSI package software with custom builds and try deploying these onto test systems using Group Policy- computer goes on, and so does the new software- without fumbling!
  • Minimum of a 1 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB drive
  • What I recommend for testing: 3GHz+ processor, 1GB+ RAM, 15k RPM SCSI purely for live VMware systems, 80GB drive for image storage
useful links
Useful links
  • http://www.vmware.com
  • Don’t want vmware? Try Virtual Server 2005 R2 by Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/default.mspx
  • Or Virtual PC 2004: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtualpc/default.mspx
  • Buy from http://www.programmersparadise.com