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Advanced VMware Networking Guide - Part I

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Phoenix, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. Phoenix
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    I've started to work on an advanced networking guide for VMware workstation as there seems to be a lot of confusion around it

    part one is pretty basic but the follow on parts will get deeper and depper into the configuration options

    its on my blog now here
     
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  2. madman045

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    Thats great Phoenix, really helps me in what im trying to do.

    Also like your ESX on a standard PC, something im going to try at some point as i have far too much spare kit.
     
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  3. Boycie
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    Ryan,

    Great blog. Keep up the good work. :)
     
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  4. Raffaz

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    Nice one mate :)
     
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  5. juice142

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    Just brilliant! I came on tonight to ask whether it might be possible for someone to walk me through installing VMware.

    I have a machine running XP Pro, 3.0Ghz P4 with HT, Abit IS7-E mainboard, 1GB (4x256 matched, so dual channel, Kingstons) - all a little dated but it works for me.

    And lo and behold good old Phoenix has fired a thread up already!

    All I need to begin with is Server 2003 with a couple of XP clients and not to trash the host PC.

    I shall look on with interest, but I have a question; why VMware rather than M$ Virtual server 2005?

    Cheers,

    J.
     
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  6. Phoenix
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    virtual servers hypervisor is far inferior to the one used by vmware, atleast two generations behind and that gap is not closing at the moment
    performance is better on vmware
    support for a variety of systems is better on vmware

    and whilst virtual server has a few benefits from a usability perspective due to its integration, it doesnt do enough to sway me from the benefits of vmware (and i'm a virtualisation consultant)
     
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  7. zimbo
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    If you look in the lab partners forum im sure you will find some help in there... 8)
     
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    Great stuff there mate. :thumbleft
     
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  9. Bluerinse
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    Agreed, thanks Ryan, I will be eagerly awaiting the rest of this guide 8)
     
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  10. juice142

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    Phoenix, Zimbo: Thanks for your replies guys! 8)

    J.
     
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  11. juice142

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    Ok chaps I'm going to be a thicky here. :oops:

    Can you point me at exactly what I need to download and install from the VMware site? There's so much there it's confusing for this old f@rt! :rolleyes:

    I've had a dig around in the Lab partners forum but I can't find a thread that doesn't assume you've already got it installed on your machine. :blink

    What a n00b! :biggrin

    Thanks in advance guys,

    J.
     
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  12. nugget
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    VMware download center

    You can get the workstation version to evaluate (you have to pay for this) or the server version (free).

    To check out the differences see this thread.
     
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  13. juice142

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    Great stuff, thanks Nugget. :thumbleft

    This leaves me with the obvious question...do I go with the freebie or do I shell out £95 quid? :eek:

    What do you think guys? 8)

    Thanks again,

    J.
     
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  14. Phoenix
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    Workstation has some nice features in it if your using it as a home study/lab environment such as multiple shapshots, teaming, video capture etc
    workstation 6 is currently in beta so should be available free

    goto www.vmware.com/vmtn/ and look for the beta center
     
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  15. juice142

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    Thanks mate, I'll certainly go and have a dig about.

    In the meantime though I've installed the server version, created a new guest and am attempting to install XP on it. Trouble is it restarts the machine, gives me two boot options (the host XP and XP set up). If I choose the new XP set up it looks like it wants to install over the host XP which is a tad worrying! :eek:

    Where d'you think I'm going wrong? Or is it supposed to totally mimic the new install procedure? Scary, man! :biggrin

    Thanks for your help,

    J.
     
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  16. juice142

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    Bumpy?

    Looks like everyone else has had no problems so it must be me? :eek:

    It wouldn't shock me to find out that it's my own silliness. :biggrin

    Cheers chaps,

    J.
     
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  17. Bluerinse
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    Yes it does totally mimic a new install, be brave, take the plunge and you should reap the rewards :biggrin

    Disclaimer - make sure you have backed up all your data, just in case you inadvertently wipe out your host OS :twisted:
     
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  18. juice142

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    Thanks Bluerinse, it gives me the shivers though! I always back up my data to another disk so losing data is not a concern, but I do have several programs which I'd rather not have to reinstall (lazy you see) :oops:

    I'll give it another go when I get home. :eek:

    Thanks for your help everyone! 8)

    J.
     
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  19. Phoenix
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    do you run in window or full screen mode?
    if its in a window then everything you see is the VM, when you get to the format partition bit you should only see a 4 or 8 etc gb disk (whatever size you created the guest)

    if ur running in the window im not sure where the confusion lies, i can imagine being a little scared if running fullscreen :D
     
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  20. Bluerinse
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    Yes that is how I have done it and I can confirm that it scares the pants of you, the first time :twisted:
     
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