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VMworkstation and Central Management

I have deployed 13 VM's running on host Windows 7 systems. The VM's all contain Windows XP and about 10 applications. I bridge the network settings to a physical secondary NIC in each workstation. Due to time constraints I have deployed a separate license for each workstation (VMWare Workstation 7.1)

I would like a fairly cost effective way to manage the VM network. I have looked at the ACE stuff but its seems I would be required to purchase ACE View to get access to the Management server. I want to lock down what settings and features the users have access to when they open up VMWare Workstation 7. Is ACE the best way to go? VMWare suggested View but it seems to be over-kill for 13 VM's

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware ACE is the best solution for you, as it's ooperates in "standlone mode", very similar to what you are doing now, in creating template VMs.

VMware VMware 4.5 requires far more infrastrucutre, where the VMs run on a Type 1 hypervisor, VMware ESXi 4.1.

Performance is better using VMware View 4.5, but is far more costly.
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quicksilver9365Author Commented:
So since I purchased VM Workstation for each host I could just buy VM Ace and the workstation licenses would replace the ACE licenses they mention on their website?
Can I take one of those VM Workstation installs (they are identical) and create a template from that? I assume the VM's have to be ACE enabled? I notice the option right now in the Workstation interface.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, that's correct, you create an ACE golden master.

Yes, once you have ACE enabled on your developement VMware Workstation ACE platform, you can create the deployments.
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quicksilver9365Author Commented:
Thanks very informative. The only difference between the VM's right now is the static IP addresses attached to each. I assume that could be set be the management server once deployed? There is no dhcp server for my VM's as they are on a workgroup. The Host is connected to a Windows Server 2008 domain...but like I said the secondary NIC is bridged to the VM where I have a static IP on teh second NIC on the host and then another Static IP on the Windows XP VM....possibly that could be redundant I suppose.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ACE Management policies are very flexible.
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quicksilver9365Author Commented:
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quicksilver9365Author Commented:
Concise and to the point.
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