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  1. 1. VMware
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Flavors of VMware VMware Workstation GSX Server ESX Server
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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!
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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!
  14. 14. Recommendations 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
  15. 15. Useful links Don’t want vmware? Try Virtual Server 2005 R2 by Microsoft: Or Virtual PC 2004: Buy from