Create VM with my dev stack
Posted on 2011-09-07
I don't have any experience with VM and am not sure if what I want to do is feasible so I'm looking for overviews at this point.
I'd like to re-create the implementation of my development environment across several other machines. I've configured Vis Studio, SQL, my VPN, my desktop and so on. I'd like to replicate this 'desktop' for use on my laptop and my local dev server as well as to function as a backup in case of problems with my main workstation.
Basically, I'm trying to avoid re-installing and re-tweaking the same steps on 3-4 other boxes since database connectivity, web-server configs, vpn, user accounts and so on will be identical.
The reference implementation is nearly complete on a fresh install of WinServer08 R2. I'd like to extract the non-OS aspects and lay them onto a couple Win7 Ent 64bit boxes.
Can any of the VM apps extract programs from one OS (WinServer) and mount on my Win7 boxes or should I have been asking this question last week before starting my install?