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Is there some where to rent servers online for vmware testing?

Ok this question is some what outside the technical forum but.... I am setting up vmware in test labs and having a nightmare trying to get servers of reasonable spec to use esx 3.5 vsphere and the usual stuff. Is there some where online I can get access to servers and load iso's etc vmotion drs ha etc. I'm not talking about renting whole servers and paying thousands just something to get me over basics
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regstratonCommented:
You may want to take a look at: http://www.rackspace.com/index.php they may do that.
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
yes but 700 sterling a month for one. This is really just the most basic test environment for vmware and for weeks rather than months. thanks for the link
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slavetononeCommented:
I wish VMWARE would rent out spaces for their online labs.  I have took a couple of their online courses and they give you access to a full lab environment for all that, but you can only use it when you are attending the classes that require it.  

There really isnt anything out there that is affordable to be able to do all that.  The best thing you can do is google around and read up on how to configure ESX into vmware server/workstation etc and build iSCSI SAN appliances to use etc and or work for a company that has everyrthing already and willing to let you play...

Good Luck!
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
If interested I can show you how to setup your own lab for about $1200 with shared storage.  .

Since I am a consultant I need a lab at home to test and I don't like to spend money.  For about 3 months worth of rentals you can get your own lab.
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
I would still need 64 bit based processors and that is my problem
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
That $1200 figure would include 2 ESX hosts with dual core procs that have Intel VT.
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
This looks like the right fit for me. thanks
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watersplash8Commented:
You can get these two ESX hosts for $200 a month at http://www.viadmin.com/pages/VMWare-Practice-Lab-at-Home.html

I don't see a reason why would you pay $1200 for the same.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
@waterslpash8:  Arun already gave that url and it was accepted as a solution so you are repeating what was already stated.  The only issue is memory, 4GB RAM on each can't do much if you install vCenter on a win2008R2 you're using 2-3GB of the 8GB total (6GB usable).  Doesn't leave too much for realy lab testing IMHO.
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watersplash8Commented:
You suggestion is quite incorrect...since I've used the lab, I can tell you that vCenter is installed on a different server, not the one you rent (and I think that makes all the sense).

I had more than 8 VMs running on each host (primarily Windows XP and Windows 2003 server, Ubuntu, BSD and OpenFiler).

I could test all the VMware stuff with no problems. My objective was to learn VMWare which could easily be done with VMs running any OS including Linux.
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John PCommented:
vmwarelabrentals.com are offering labs or customized labs.
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