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VMWARE Training for the beginner

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by smithalan66, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. smithalan66

    smithalan66 New Member

    Hi all

    I am very new to this type of technology and wondered if someone could give me an overview of what VMWare is and how it works including benefits and how it interacts with other pieces of hardware in an average office?

    I have no experience in IT Networking but know some basic terms?

    Thankyou in anticipation.

  2. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    Right im going to try keep my examples very simple and the info very limited cause it seems you new to this!

    Suppose you got a company who has a server running Server 2003 for example and for some reason you need to add another member server - now this is a small company so their budget is small and their users are very few and for the sake of simplicity the server isnt used a lot (it could just be acting as a Primary Domain Controller and DNS for about 50 users). So this company has a server which isnt being used to its full capacity or there are times the hardware is doing next to nothing so instead of buying another machine or server you would install a product from VMWare depending on what capabilities you want. Lets say you would install VMWare Workstation cause again we keeping it simple. This product lets you create "virtual machines" using real life hardware. The real machine is called the Host and the virtual the Guest. So suppose the Host is running Server 2003 and we now create a Guest (how we create the guest is another story!!) but that guest is now essentially a Server computer running within a Server computer - only thing is that they share the hardware at certain times but also very importantly can both run in separate environments - you could run Linux as the guest OS for example.

    Now why would people do this? To save money would be a good start , why buy a whole new server when the one we have isnt being used completely. Space why have two servers running when you can have just one doing both jobs - we havent decided the job of the 2nd server, we only saying now. Suppose you have Mac's and PC together in a graphic design shop and the file server needs two OS's because of different protocol standards for example - both could run on this server in different Virtual environments and use the same hard drive.

    On a desktop level you can forget having to dual boot again with VMWare you just run the applications in your Host OS and then you can install anything from Mac Os X now to Linux and Legacy OS's. 8)
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  3. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Nice post, rep given :thumbleft
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  4. smithalan66

    smithalan66 New Member

    Thanx Zimbo for your reply and help.And a fellow Greek fan aswell.


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