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Run multiple VMs from one VMDK file

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I'm running a VMware ESXi server, with vCenter, and I'm wondering if its possible to run multiple copies of a VM without taking additional disk space.

My setup:
ESXi (trial version, fully unlocked)
vCenter (trial version, fully unlocked)
SSD drive 128GB only (application requires this)
VM is Windows7, approximately 45gb
I need to run 8 copies of this VM (RAM and other requirements are met) but only need to launch and demo the 6 applications installed on the VM, no changes need to be saved, and it should revert to snapshot when shutdown.

Is it possible for all 8 VMs to run concurrently with one disk file, or at least use this disk file with their own snapshots each?
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You could investigate the use of Linked Clones using VMware View 4.5/4.6, because this is the technlogy we use to reduce disk space in VMware View 4.5.

A Parent VM, and a LInked Snapshot. (but not available to Servers yet!).

VMware Workstation also supports Linked Clones.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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I would recommend for what you are wanting to do, research VMware View 4.5/4.6.

See a quick guide here to deployment, available as a trial as well, you should be up and running in 4 hours.

http://paulslager.com/?p=572

VMware View Docs

http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html

VMware View downloads

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/desktop_downloads/vmware_view/4_6
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So, what you describe is similar, if not Linked Clones - Linked clones, uses the base disk for an OS, makes a snapshot, and then other virtual machines are based off just the snapshot data, which of course saves disk space, gives you one place to do updates, etc.
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Any questions, please let me know, and I'll do my best to answer them.
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looks like this is the only way to do it other than a view server
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