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    Can't access my virtual server

    I virtualised an old server (W2k3) onto a my existing new W2k8 server before Xmas as I thought it was getting physically iffy and it all worked fine.

    But the school had a mains failure last night and since I just use VMPlayer to host the old server - I needed to come in and restart the VM.

    The VM runs up fine - says its connected to the network but nothogn actually works network wise, only the left half of the net connection icon lights up - pings don't work either way

    I'm a bit stuck

    Simon

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    can you v2v to an esxi host using vmware converter.

    Never used player.

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    can you v2v to an esxi host using vmware converter.
    If its free - I;m sure I could

    All of a sudden - I got it working.

    The last 2 things I did was to turn off all Firewalls on the w2k8 side and try and do a test print to a networked printer form the VM

    the print job came out and everything was connecting fine again!!!!!!

    COmputers - I hate em!

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    I would use ESXI which is free for the basic version - You can then auto start VM's from it too I think (but you might need vcenter).

    ESXI runs on the bare metal so would replace the server 2008 machine

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    Dont use ESXi. Use Hyper-V, installed simply on top of the 2008 machine. It will do everything you need, its completely free and has advanced features such as snapshots

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGeek View Post
    Dont use ESXi. Use Hyper-V, installed simply on top of the 2008 machine. It will do everything you need, its completely free and has advanced features such as snapshots
    But ESXI is so much better.... but i don't want to start an argument

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    This is @SimpleSi so unless it runs Windows 98 or earlier..... You really do need to start sorting these schools out though Si and get them into the 21st Century....

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    You really do need to start sorting these schools out though Si and get them into the 21st Century....
    If by that you mean paying MS a load of dosh each year uncessariliy just so you big boys and girls can have the easy life and just sit in your plush chairs in your air-conditioned data centres laughing at your help-desk messages, inflicting Office 2020 on users who just want to type a one-page memo and print it .... then I don't think so

    A Win98 VM wouldn't not talk to the network - It'll talk to anyone, password or no password

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    PS I used to use VMServer - I loved it, but then it went stupid web-based console and they stopped giving it away

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    PS I used to use VMServer - I loved it, but then it went stupid web-based console and they stopped giving it away
    They still give it away. It's now called Hyper-V and it's better than it ever was! 2012 is particularly good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGeek View Post
    Dont use ESXi. Use Hyper-V, installed simply on top of the 2008 machine. It will do everything you need, its completely free and has advanced features such as snapshots
    ESXi
    1) installs in minutes on bare metal easily without the need for another layer to go through.
    2) It wil do everything you need properly.
    3) It's completly free ( you don't need a 2k8 Licence to run it ).
    4) it has advanced features such as snapshots, memory balooning, virtual switching, kernel ports for ISCSI, etc....

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    Spookily - I can't access the MS Hyper-V site to give it a try !

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    Spookily - I can't access the MS Hyper-V site to give it a try !

    Simon
    what hyperv site you just need to enable the role in server 2008+ (possibly turn on some bios options) and its there and working

    my issue with vmware is the same as bare metal hyper v if things go pear shaped i want a console on the server so i can fix it not having to remember various commands etc and remote consoles are fine until youhave a network issue
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    what hyperv site you just need to enablethe role in server 2008+ (possibly turn onsome bios options) and its there and working
    Aah - the golden piece of information

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by twin--turbo View Post
    3) It's completly free ( you don't need a 2k8 Licence to run it ).
    Rob
    There are two answers to that - the Linux answer, and the Windows answer...

    Linux - Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 | Virtualization | VDI Free download, same as ESXi. Doesn't require a Windows Server license at all.

    Windows - Since you have to buy the Windows Server license anyway, even for ESXi, and Hyper-V is built in to Windows Server, why not use it?

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