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VM server help

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Theprof, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Hey guys I am trying to install windows server 2003 on VMware server but the thing is as the process of the installation of windows begins nothing is displayed on the screen untill you close the window and reopen it, then you see the bar go further, the main issue here is that I never see the real time progress only if I close and reopen the virtual machine I just see the the progress moved then it stops again untill I reopen it. Its bizzar because at work it works fine and on my laptop its having these issues. Anyways guys I need your help.
     
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  2. Baba O'Riley

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    Strange one that. Are the specs of the VM and the host machine up to par?
     
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  3. tuvanit

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    Check your hardware! VMware needs a large amount of RAM and CPU.
     
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  4. Fergal1982

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    i installed vmware server on my server without issue (im using a machine specced for desktop use, not server, and it has 512MB RAM) and it ran fine on that. installation progressed fine, etc.

    Couple of questions here:
    you are running vmserver on a machine already running as a server right? VMServer is designed (as far as im aware) to be run
    on an existing server (win2k3 server is optimum i believe).

    do you have IIS installed on this machine before installing vmserver? as i recall i was told to install IIS before installing VMServer, although im sure it allowed me the option to install without it.

    Fergal
     
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  5. Theprof

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    ok this is my setup:

    I have VMware server installed on my laptop which is 1.6ghz AMD X2, with 1 gb of ddr2 memory and80 gig hard drive.

    My laptop is not a server its running windows xp professional. if yo guys want more specs the laptop model is compaq presario v3015ca.

    IIS is installed, and it was installed before VMware server was installed.
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    Vmware server doesnt appear to be designed to be run on a non-server, according to the specs Here.

    While i suppose it would be possible to do this, i suspect it would be nothing less than a nightmare. Vmware Workstation is designed for the kind of use you seem to want (or at least the datasheet says you can install server 2k3 and its designed to run on a workstation as opposed to a server. The datasheet is Here
     
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  7. Theprof

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    Thanks Fergal I didnt know that, and thanks to the rest of you guys who helped me I appreciate it a lot. I will try with the workstation now to see if it works, I'll keep you guys posted.

    Thanks again.
     
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  8. Theprof

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    I just downloaded the VMware workstation and everything worked perfectly. Thanks again.
     
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  9. steveh2001

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    Quick question - slightly related - if your goign to be running a server + some clients, is it best to use the vmware server software, or the vmware workstation software? Ive got server 2003 installed on vmware workstation at the moment, and didnt realise there was specialised vmware server software...

    Would there be much performance difference?
     
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  10. Fergal1982

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    its not really about performance so much i dont think. as i understand it vmware server is designed for the host OS to be a server application, whereas vmware workstation is designed to be hosted on a workstation. both should run workstation and server OS' on the guest systems.

    So if my understanding of it is correct then optimum performance is simply ensuring you run the correct version for your host OS.
     
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  11. steveh2001

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    Ahhh ok - thanks for explaining that :D

    Just i wasnt sure if vmware server was meant for running servers as a vm etc
     
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  12. Baba O'Riley

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    VMWare Server is, I think, aimed more at being used in production environments with multiple users accessing the VMs. We have severl Virtual servers at work that all see light use and it doesn't make sense to have them all installed on serparate machines.

    VMWare Workstation is aimed more at the single user, lab type set up. I have installed all different kinds of OSs on VMW Workstation, includint Windows server products.
     
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