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3 disks (8 (thanks RM), 20, 120 gb)
1 network card
1 scsi adapter
3.5 gb ram
2 quad cpu
Took 6 hours to copy over and resize the disks (16, 20, 80).
Another hour or two to remove old hadware, optimise and test.
I think that's where I came unstuck, web-based seemed like a good idea, but I couldn't connect to my virtual machines half the time so gave up in the end. Very much a case of what you are used to working in or with.i know some people find vmware server 2 to be a pain as its web based,Thanks James, might have another look at VMWare version 1 and compare with what I have now in MS.but try vmware server 1.x.x virtual machines by default get saved to c:\virtual machines
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Here's what we use in production environments...
ESXi server, free download from Vmware. A little picky on hardware tho, so make sure your test server can run it. Also, get as much RAM as you can in it.
Install VMWare Converter (also free) on the computers you want to clone to virtual, and in a local console on that machine convert it over to the ESXi server.
Configure the ESXi server's networking with a virtual switch that is not attached to a physical NIC. (Host only networking, in other words). Or, you could let the virtual computers talk to a NIC but keep it off the network, just so you could get RDP into your little virtual network. The VI client is a little slow.
ESXi is great, super fast and stable. We've really been enjoying it a lot. We were trying to run Vmware Server on a linux platform before, but it was dog slow and prone to weird crashes and time sync errors. Since we converted over to ESXi it's just been a dream.
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