Linux, VMWare ans 2003 Server

Looking to build a Linux Ubuntu 6.6 box, want to create a couple 2003 Virtual Servers on it with VMWare, so my questions are, but not limited to:

1)  Who and what is my box going to look like:  CPU, RAM, DVD, # HDD Types, RAID, Service etc...
2)  Is there a limit of how many 2003 Virtual servers can I have?
3)  Does VMware use real disk partition as opposed to a file, and how, especially for creating partitions?
4)  How will the Virtual 2003 need or use RAM?
5)  How does the 2003 work in WM?
6)  Does VM work well; with this distro and 2003 server?
7)  Is it feasible for under $4k?

Thanks.



   
mainemontyAsked:
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pjedmondConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'm presuming that you are using VMServer RC2

1)  Who and what is my box going to look like:  CPU, RAM, DVD, # HDD Types, RAID, Service etc...
     Virtually any standard setup will do. The most important area IMHO, for this type of box is to max out the memory - Get the largest memory modules that the motherboard will take. Second get the largest drive that you can afford. If you're planning on running 3 OS at once and working them reasonably hard at the same time, then a reasonable processor (3GHz or above is fine)
2)  Is there a limit of how many 2003 Virtual servers can I have?
Not really, you can have as many installed as you want....but you really must have 512M of memory for each one if you are going to do anything particularly useful with them. Obviously the more you have running conceurrently the slower each one will run.
3)  Does VMware use real disk partition as opposed to a file, and how, especially for creating partitions?
It uses a file, but you could put each file on a different partition I suppose?
4)  How will the Virtual 2003 need or use RAM?
Max amount predeclared is the safest way, although I believe that it is possible to configure a minimum and maximum useage. Declare as much as you can afford for each virtual server.
5)  How does the 2003 work in WM?
It's OK and does most of what I'd want - Terminal services (application server doesn't appear to work though). There are also problems with the 64bit version with respect to certain hardware useage issues. I've also been unable to get DVD functionality in the virtual server with a USB DVD player, and a few other 'glitches' like that. Otherwise, for most things it works fins - Mail/web/file server etc.
6)  Does VM work well; with this distro and 2003 server?
I've tried it with RHEL 3, and RHEL4. As most linux distros are similar underneath the user interface, I don't see why my experiences should not be the same as for you.
7)  Is it feasible for under $4k?
Yes. Worthwhile noting that as far as I'm aware, the Win 2K3 server licencing allows up to 4 virtual instances to be working on the same server. So you only need 1 licence proided you do not run more than 4 concurrently. (That snippet of info should help keep you under $4K)

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