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Using VMWare to create copies of working instances

I have only reently been introduced to VMWare and how it can be used to host Windows Server systems. I need a handful of instances and hope to be able to copy on instance to another,once I have an instannce I am happy with.

Please give me some advice on this. Currently I use GoGrid, but never seem to have the time to set up the MyCGI sandbox concept. I also use LogMeIn and GoToMMeeting. LMI I like but find it limiting when I need to share a session with someone else. At that point we need to establish a GTM sesdion, nut are limited to one meeting at any one time.

Does VMWare get around this? Can mutiple users log in? How much does it cost? Can I divide my own Virtual Private Server into multiple VM's?

Thanks,
newbieweb

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coolsport00Commented:
Could you please clarify a bit more of what specifically you're wanting to achieve? Are you wanting to convert Windows physical boxes to VMs? If that is the case, what are you asking about accessing them? Are you wanting several users to be able to access them at once? You can do so with a Console after logging in with the vSphere Client, or you can use RDP. I guess I'm needing more info of what you're wanting to do so I can give a bit better suggestion. I'm not familiar with LogMeIn or  MyCGI. Depending on your virtualization goals for your VMs (SLA, availability, etc.), a virtualization solution can be free to minimal in cost.

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ryder0707Commented:
newbieweb,

Does VMWare get around this? Ofcoz, whatever you can run in physical machine, you do it in virtual environment, just need to understand how vmware works. You can also convert existing PM to VM via P2V process using vmware converter, this tool is free as well

Can mutiple users log in?
Login to where? You need to treat each VM as real physical machine, nothing more nothing less, the important is how to manage the VMs

How much does it cost?
You can start with esxi4, its free, but need to check vmware HCL for hardware compatibility

Can I divide my own Virtual Private Server into multiple VM's?
That is the idea mate
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I ned to support production and test machines, and make them available to users and to offer web services. I like the idea of making a copy of a working instance and creating another instance which is an identical copy. That would save me hours of installation time.

What abot the cost of deploying VM's? Can I divide my own VPS into multiple VM's?

Please fill me in on how I can get efficiencies and have multi-user simultanous access to VM's.

Thanks,
newbieweb
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ryder0707Commented:
What abot the cost of deploying VM's?
The cost depends on physical resources like, cpu, ram, storage, etc
But most of the time, really depends on application requirements

Can I divide my own VPS into multiple VM's?
Yeah you can clone to multiple for testing, but you cant run them at the same time in the same network due to same hostname, Windows SID, etc
VMware allows you to create an isolated network if this is what you are looking for

Please fill me in on how I can get efficiencies and have multi-user simultanous access to VM's.
The same way you did with PM, tru network via rdp, citrix, etc
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coolsport00Commented:
And it also depends on your budget, size of your org, SLA requirements, etc. as to what you're willing to spend to keep your server VMs 'highly available', or if moderate downtime is 'ok'. Some features are available in vCenter that aren't in the free hypervisor by VMware (ESXi free). You can use a potpourri of solutions working together entirely free or at minimal cost to do what you're wanting to do.

Also, what are you meaning by "multi-user simultaneous access"? As I (and 'ryder') mentions, there isn't any difference between physical machine and VM...you do this via vSphere Console, RDP, or some other remote console solution. If you're talking external 'customer's, there isn't any special configuration to do just because the server is now virtualized. You configure a VM to be accessible to the public just like you would a physical box.

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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
thanks.
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