I am new to the Virtual Machine world and I need some help figuring out the correct group of products and how they work together successfully!
I might have some some things wrong, so let me know where.
I have a server built and loaded with vmware esx v4.1.0 and that was the base os I loaded on it.
Then I used vmware vsphere client from my Win 7 Pro 64 bit PC to connect to it and load virtual machines. I built a couple Windows Server 2008r2 vm's and a 2011 sbs vm. They all work fine and the concepts are catching on slowly.
I then wanted to start cloning the Win 2008r2 vm's so I started looking into that and I ended up using vmware workstation 8 because I was led to believe cloning would work with that product. It seems to work very similar to vsphere client except that I cannot delete a vm from the workstation, only the vsphere client
So I did more research and determined I need to use vcenter in conjunction with esx to clone? Not sure what it does or why we need it or where it goes. I ended up building a vm on the esx server with Win 2008r2 and loaded Vcenter server. I can connect to it with workstation 8, but now what? My vm's only show up under my connection to the esx.
I would like to clone the vm's are get a good way to backup the vm's. I also have not installed the vmware tools on the vm's, how is this done correctly?
What is the best way to set this machine up and do I need any more software??