Best Way to Setup Virtual Server Test Environment
Posted on 2006-11-12
We're trying to setup a test environment using Virtual Server machines. We would to do this in the best possible way so we don't have to reinstall the host OS, etc.
Here's our situation:
* We have a Small Business Server that we use to run our business.
* We will be testing a variety of setups with our test machine - in some cases, this will include setting up additional DHCP servers, IIS servers, etc.
* We like the convenience of having the test server behind our SBS server (same network) because we will easily be able to Remote Desktop to the various virtual machines within the network.
* On the other hand, I'm a little concerned that if we setup another DHCP server, or if we run a test of an Exchange server, we could create conflicts within our network that could bring down our SBS server.
So the first question is - "where" should we setup our test machine:
(1) Behind the SBS machine on the same network?
(2) As a completely separate network?
If we set it up behind the SBS machine - would there be a way to create a new "separate" network from our existing network, but that we could still get to via remote desktop?
Last question (for now): Can you point us to any simple to use "best practice" links on setting up a Virtual Server environment?