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What host hardware spec for VMWare or Virtual PC

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by dpbarry, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. dpbarry

    dpbarry Bit Poster

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    Hi Folks..

    I've decided to take a peek into the virtualisation world and use VMWare but what would folk recommend the minimum spec be for the host. I'd like to have the ability to run up to 3 Windows 2003 servers and a couple of Windows XP or possibly Vista workstations - mainly XP Stations.

    This would mainly be for a test environment but at the same time, I see possibilities for my work in the future (I work in a School) mainly on the day to day operations for the new building - i.e. Telecoms, Door Entry, Heating System, CCTV etc.

    Regards

    Declan
     
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  2. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    The best thing to consider is that the more RAM you have, the better it is. So if you have a choice between more RAM and a faster CPU - go for the RAM every time. That said, I've run XP boxes with VMWare Server 1.x with three W2K3 server VMs on 2Gb of RAM and a P4 before, so most reasonably recent desktops should be able to cope with a test environment like the one you've suggested.
     
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  3. dpbarry

    dpbarry Bit Poster

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    Cheers for that..

    Many thanks

    Declan
     
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