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Create VM with my dev stack

Posted on 2011-09-07
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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?

thx
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by:Sekar Chinnakannu
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You using feature called clone in VM
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Does the product matter? vmware seems to have the best rep but staying within the MS stable with this sort of operation seems to make some amount of sense.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 250 total points
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It's possible to maybe use the Clone features of VMware Workstation or VMware vSphere, the only issue as too whether this will work for you with your SQL databases.

I think you could create the VM at various stages, with User Accounts, as different packages and test.

Certainly it's possible to create a backup for use on another machine using a Hypervisor, the issues comes, when you need to use multiple VMs/computers at the same time because Workstation Name and IP address, and possibly SID need to change, this could break Applications installed.

So you maybe able to reduce time by cloning at a particulr point of the build, but not all.
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much appreciated
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