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Virtual PC multi user setup

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by mojorisin, May 15, 2006.

  1. mojorisin

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    Hi guys

    Planning on setting up a pc with virtual desktop on it in a domain

    I want to have the host and three virtual sessions running windows xp

    What spec of machine / memory would you suggest as a good setup

    P4 3.0ghz with 1gb Ram ?

    hoping to give each user 256mb or ram aswell as the host system would this work ok ?
     
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  2. zimbo
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    im a vmware user but i dont think it makes a difference...if you going to run those three AND ony those three then it should be fine as longs as your host doesnt need resources too.. try using 128Mb for each virtual machine i have even used 110! :blink just disable some services and turn off all the fancy stuff like the shadowing..
     
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  3. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I had something simillar running without problems recently. My DC had 256, and the hosts were all set up as 128. Ran without problems on XP Pro with 1Gb of physical RAM. 8)
     
  4. Boycie
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    Snap! Received my actionpack the other day and starting to play around with Virtual PC. Running 2K3 SBS with 2 hosts to start with.
    Just shopping now for some more RAM for my Toshiba laptop. It only has 512 at the moment but is expandible to 2GB so see how much the 1GB sticks are...
     
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  5. zimbo
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    SBS 2003 is a charm hey bocye?
     
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  6. Boycie
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    I quite like it Zim. I have heard that it is a trimmed version of the full blown server and is only good for say 20 clients?...
     
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  7. Sparky
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    Most clients I support have around 20 PCs connected to their SBS 2003 server, works fine so far! 8)
     
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  8. Bluerinse
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    It still has all the functionality you will ever need in a small business or home lab. And of course the full blown server does not have Exchange or OWA. Oh and then there is ISA 8)

    SBS supports up to 75 connections, which means users and or anything else that might log-in like printers etc.
     
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  9. mojorisin

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    Thanks guys


    only one question though what processor were you using ?

    for the setup in question i tried it on a Sempron 2.something :oops:

    and it was really slow with 2 users and the host
     
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  10. Boycie
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    I have installed Virtual PC on my Toshiba 1.7M laptop (512 RAM, soon to be 1.5GB :biggrin ) and Virtual Server on my desktop (3Ghz, 1GB) so far so good :thumbleft
     
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  11. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I saw an interesting setup of Virtual PC today that I had never thought of and it seemed like this would be a nice thread to share it in.

    The person had setup his laptop as dual boot between XP and Server 2003. He had set the 2003 installation up as A DC and installed VPC onto it. This way his 'host' was the actual server and all he had to worry about was the virtual clients.

    Just something to have a think about if you're low on memory running a server and hosts as VPC's.

    8)
     
  12. Boycie
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    Si,

    Thats a cracking idea- thanks for sharing it :thumbleft
     
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