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MCTIP: SA/EA or MCT Virtual Lab setup.

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Dashik, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Dashik

    Dashik Bit Poster

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    OK so just out of curiosity, for those that have done or are in the process of doing MCTIP: SA/EA or MCTS exams, with what and how did you setup your virtual lab?

    Did you just have one or 2 VM servers running all the roles between them or did you have multiple virtual servers and and clients? Do you have a single pc and virtual machines or do you have several boxes and a server or two?

    I'm setting mine up as I go along. Adding roles to the Virtual server(s) as I go.

    Ive decided to use Win 2K8R2 with Hyper-V as the base OS then virtualise the lot and remote destop into them.

    I'm starting with exam 70-680 so I need one or two win 7 Clients, A Win 2K8R2 server with AD DS WDS role's etc etc.

    Eventually its looking like quite a few VM servers and clients all running together for MCTIP:EA :D

    Sad as it may be I find that really interesting stuff :) Being able to run (even without a true load) a complete enterprise system on one box :D

    So please share your setup and roles you assigned to your servers and the why :D

    A brief outline of the hardware you ran it on would be useful.

    I'm running an HP ML110 G6 with 9Gb ram (soon to be 16Gb) with 2 x 1Tb, 1 x 500Gb, 1 x 250Gb hdd accessed from my monster Games pc via Virginmedia's Gigabit superhub. 2 dell 24" monitors makes it a lot easier as well.

    I might even upgrade the CPU to an i3-540 or XEON 4 Core if I need to as they also have Hyperthreading which mine does not.

    cheers

    James
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011
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  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I have 1 ML110 G5 server dual core with 8GB of RAM hosting around 5-7 VM's depending on what I want to do... I am in the process of upgrading the 2003 environment I have to 2008 and planning on keeping it all the same.

    I setup my VMs like this...

    2 x VM's hosting DC's, DNS, DHCP
    1 x VM hosting Exchange 2010
    1 x VM hosting File Server, TS
    1 x VM SCCM, SQL, WDS
    2 x VM's Clients Win7/XP

    The idea for a server is to have lots of RAM and even 8GB of RAM in my above setup has troubles running so I tend to shutdown some VM's to help with the speed when needed...
     
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    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  3. ThomasMc

    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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    Buy a SSD and offload the vswap and paging files to it :)
     
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  4. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Might as well... I hear they're solid drives!
     
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  5. ThomasMc

    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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