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I love VMware I have transfered 8 servers onto 1 huge server (8 way (2 quad core) 16 gigs of RAM).  The machine isn’t even breaking a sweat.  I plan on moving a few a few more servers over so around 12 when I am done.  These aren’t heavily used servers or anything but we have so many servers that pop up all over the place because people don’t like to share.  VMware is the perfect solution all they have to do is pay the OS license for windows or free for Linux.

I also love VMware Converter.  It takes a physical machine and converts it into a vmware image.  I have transfered 3 physical servers and the users don’t even know.  The other great feature is that you can individualize  a  vmware image using sysprep.  I  have a vanilla  install of 2003 server with all the patches installed that I created.  I then use vmware converter and individualize the image and now I can have a fully patched and ready to go 2003 server in 15 minutes!  I am also making a base of Ubuntu and CentOS.  Now the only thing left to do is figure out to do with all the space in the racks when I am done, and what to do with all the old servers.  I vote lots of epoxy and make sculptures out of them to put out in front of IT.

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  1. Jahangir
    July 13, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Can you elaborate a little more on “Individualizing the image” ?? Is it the same as creating one VM and then copying that into another folder and customizing that copy??

    Thanks.

  2. July 13, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    It would be the same as copying the image, then running sysprep on that image to change the server name, IP address, and SIDs. VMware Converter actually uses sysprep it just automates the process a little more.

  3. Jahangir
    July 14, 2007 at 3:45 am

    Jeff,

    Thanks for the clarification.

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