What is Virtual Server 2005 R2?

What is Virtual Server 2005?

How would it be implemented?
What OS does it need?

What examples can you give me to it's usage?

Thanks
brian_leightyAsked:
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snewoConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Virtual Server 2005 = Microsoft's version of VMWare.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/default.mspx


Basically it allows you to run most operating systems in a virtual environment on your main machine.  You would install it, create a virtual machine and load it just as you would load a brand new computer (ie. boot to CD and load from scratch).   Virtual Server can run most x86 operating systems.

We use it here for some engineers who have a software program that doesn't play well with others.   We load it up on a virtual session and they run the program from within that session.  

You should also visit:  http://www.vmware.com/products/gsx/

Same thing.....different company.....also free.


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dooleydogConnect With a Mentor Commented:
it is a piece of software that you can install on a computer and then use it to emulate several computers at once for testing purposes or for consolidation purposes. Mind you, it takes a pretty hefty machine to really do a good job hosting other OS's using this.

MS uses VPC in the classroom to emulate a complete environment for each student. Virtual Server is more suited for a server OS.

Here is a link,

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/default.mspx

Good Luck,

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snewoCommented:

This would also allow you to run a Linux session inside of a virtual environment on a Windows machine.   That is probably the most popular usage.   Some may argue it's more popular to run a Windows session inside of a Linux machine, but to each his own.



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brian_leightyAuthor Commented:
so basically I install virtual server on a Xp machine if I want...but I could install windows server 2003 on my xp machine and virtually have a testing enviroment....is there a performance degrade this way..
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Pete LongConnect With a Mentor Technical ConsultantCommented:
Yes - and Yes - you need bags of Ram and diskspace

Also exclude the virtual machine hard disks from your Anti Virus software that speeds your Virtual machines up :)
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brian_leightyAuthor Commented:
what about installing on xp and virtual install of xp
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snewoCommented:

Yup, I'm doing it right now actually.



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brian_leightyAuthor Commented:
snewo can you explain your configuration and what you use it for....please

p.s.   details

thanks
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snewoCommented:

My main system is my normal user system where I have normal user privledges.  I created an admin system with my admin tools and I run that in the VMWare session.   It saves me from using a 2nd PC as an admin station.



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