VMware
What is VMware? <ul><li>VMware is virtual machine software </li></ul><ul><li>It runs multiple operating systems on a singl...
Flavors of VMware <ul><li>VMware Workstation </li></ul><ul><li>GSX Server </li></ul><ul><li>ESX Server </li></ul>
VMware Workstation <ul><li>Current version is 5.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation license key is valid for 30 days </li></ul>...
GSX Server <ul><li>Able to run multiple servers or workstations on a single box </li></ul><ul><li>Meant for a small size s...
ESX Server <ul><li>Enterprise-class virtual server </li></ul><ul><li>This is meant more for a live environment </li></ul><...
Why VMware Workstation <ul><li>Saves the average administrator and developer hundreds of hours a year by allowing rapid, m...
Why GSX Server  <ul><li>It’s less expensive than ESX Server </li></ul><ul><li>It allows for multi-processor environments a...
Why ESX Server  <ul><li>Create new systems faster with reduced hardware needs allowing for tailored and scalable memory an...
Things you can do to impress your friends <ul><li>You can build a base test image, take a snapshot, run multiple tests on ...
Things you can do to impress yourself <ul><li>Run Symantec ghost into or out of your VMware system- Dell GX1’s and Pentium...
Things you can do to impress your boss <ul><li>Leverage VMware to drastically improve your speed of testing, server, and w...
Things you can do to impress your users <ul><li>More thoroughly test upgrades, rollouts, and deployments to perfect the co...
Recommendations <ul><li>Minimum of a 1 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB drive </li></ul><ul><li>What I recommend for testing...
Useful links <ul><li>http://www.vmware.com </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t want VMware? Try Virtual Server 2005 R2 by Microsoft:  ...
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VMware What is VMware? VMware is virtual machine software

  1. 1. VMware
  2. 2. What is VMware? <ul><li>VMware is virtual machine software </li></ul><ul><li>It runs multiple operating systems on a single computer </li></ul><ul><li>An administrator can manage and optimize resources globally </li></ul><ul><li>It’s an excellent testing and development platform </li></ul><ul><li>It’s an enterprise-class server </li></ul>
  3. 3. Flavors of VMware <ul><li>VMware Workstation </li></ul><ul><li>GSX Server </li></ul><ul><li>ESX Server </li></ul>
  4. 4. VMware Workstation <ul><li>Current version is 5.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation license key is valid for 30 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is a full working version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VMware has extended this for additional evaluation time if necessary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Runs on Windows or Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Retails for ~$189 </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrades after a year are ~$95 a workstation </li></ul>
  5. 5. GSX Server <ul><li>Able to run multiple servers or workstations on a single box </li></ul><ul><li>Meant for a small size server environments and larger-scale test environments </li></ul><ul><li>Scales to allow a test Active Directory domain, client/server environment, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Can run on Windows or Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Retails for ~$1400 for a dual processor system </li></ul>
  6. 6. ESX Server <ul><li>Enterprise-class virtual server </li></ul><ul><li>This is meant more for a live environment </li></ul><ul><li>ESX Server is built directly into a custom Linux kernel to optimize performance, stability, and modularization </li></ul><ul><li>Pricing: call them. A purchase for a 2 processor system with a bundled package should run ~ $3500. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why VMware Workstation <ul><li>Saves the average administrator and developer hundreds of hours a year by allowing rapid, modular and convenient tests </li></ul><ul><li>You can run Windows on Linux and Linux on Windows </li></ul><ul><li>You can do presentations involving OS-based demonstrations on the same piece of hardware as the presentation using multiple VMware systems </li></ul><ul><li>It’s cheap </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why GSX Server <ul><li>It’s less expensive than ESX Server </li></ul><ul><li>It allows for multi-processor environments and rapid tests of multiple systems </li></ul><ul><li>You can run a few servers or workstations on a single system </li></ul><ul><li>If you’re not comfortable with Linux, you can use a Windows Server as the host OS </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why ESX Server <ul><li>Create new systems faster with reduced hardware needs allowing for tailored and scalable memory and processor utilization </li></ul><ul><li>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). </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Things you can do to impress your friends <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>You can clone it for future work or pass it on to someone </li></ul><ul><li>You can set up small server-client/server test environments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You could have a parallel Active Directory domain complete with an Exchange Server, SQL Server, IIS box, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You can join your own domain and test concepts from permissions to group policy </li></ul><ul><li>You can pause in the middle of working on a project and come back to it later </li></ul>
  11. 11. Things you can do to impress yourself <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Test out multi-homing systems by adding additional virtual NIC’s </li></ul><ul><li>Really learn how to script/MSI package by doing some really potentially destructive ones without hurting your live systems </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Teams- set up a template system, distribute tests without damaging the original </li></ul>
  12. 12. Things you can do to impress your boss <ul><li>Leverage VMware to drastically improve your speed of testing, server, and workstation deployment </li></ul><ul><li>Do live demonstrations of concepts using VMware systems to drive a good point home </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce your wasted time by pre-configuring images that are in various stages of deployment </li></ul>
  13. 13. Things you can do to impress your users <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to script if you’ve got more than just a few computers. This is a great platform to teach yourself on! </li></ul><ul><li>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! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Recommendations <ul><li>Minimum of a 1 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 80GB drive </li></ul><ul><li>What I recommend for testing: 3GHz+ processor, 1GB+ RAM, 15k RPM SCSI purely for live VMware systems, 80GB drive for image storage </li></ul>
  15. 15. Useful links <ul><li>http://www.vmware.com </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t want VMware? Try Virtual Server 2005 R2 by Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/default.mspx </li></ul>
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