VM Lab setup - for MS exam prep
Posted on 2013-10-28
Hi, I've decided it's time to refresh on some exams, and am looking at building a VM lab to install a DC running Server 2008 R2 and a couple of Win7 workstations to. This is to give me experience of the VM itself, plus updating for the MS 70-685 and 686 exams.
I've done some digging around, and can I do this by using the VM Player? I don't have access to full licence keys for the VM software, so have to do this on the cheap, using Trial versions wherever possible.
It doesn't need to be too robust, as just for practice purposes, but the ability to store several snapshots of different setups would be great.
I have a workstation running w7 Pro 64, with 32 gb RAM, and 2 Xeon X5670 cpus which will be the Host machine. My experience is primarily in Windows support, but I'm very new to VMware.
Any info on lab setup How-To's, tips, or general best practices would be much appreciated. Cheers...