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16th June 2009, 02:22 PM #1
VM Server 2 - The Free One
I've just setup a Windows 2003 server using VMWare Server 2 - the free one you can download form their website.
It runs in a web browser which is fine. But do I need the base server logged in all the time (but locked) with the web browser open so that it runs the virtual server? If the server dies due to a power cut do I then need to re-logon and start everything up again or is it automatic?
I will read the instructions but asking here is quicker.
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16th June 2009, 02:27 PM #2
we have virtual center server running and that starts thing automatically but it should easily be possible from webconsol also - I'll look for you
16th June 2009, 02:32 PM #3
You'd log in again the same as you would if the power failed on a physical server.
16th June 2009, 03:00 PM #4
just having a look around the web consol I can't see anything that will do the trick...
if you have 3 or less ESX boxes then look at getting Virtual Center Foundation as it (half a year ago) cost just over 500 quid and that should help with the management
16th June 2009, 03:08 PM #5
I think you do have to restart the virtual servers after rebooting the physical server.
However you don't have to leave the physical server logged with the console open. You should be able to connect to the VMWareware server from any computer on your network.
16th June 2009, 03:11 PM #6
I have a VMware Server 2 setup.
You can close the web browser once you have started the macines, the only time you should have to go back on their is if you need to modify/power on any of the VM's.
16th June 2009, 03:37 PM #7
Do you need to be logged in? No
Do you need to power them up? No, there is an option to start the guests with host startup.
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16th June 2009, 07:20 PM #8
I must admit I think I preferred version 1 (non web based) to version 2, but thats just my opinion.
16th June 2009, 08:04 PM #9
I agree somewhat, but you can use the VMWare Infrastructure Client that comes with ESXi to access a VMWare Server 2 host instead of the web client.
Originally Posted by Sylv3r
16th June 2009, 11:11 PM #10
Thanks - Handy to know.
Originally Posted by Ashm
17th June 2009, 02:37 AM #11
17th June 2009, 08:11 PM #12
The only small problem with using the VI client is that you can't change the settings on VM's running Hardware Version 7 (default setting for new VM's created from the web client, I think). The main thing is that you can at least use it to view the VM's through the console.
Configure the VM's to use hardware version 4 and everything should work fine using the VI client.
17th June 2009, 08:42 PM #13
The web browser is nothing more than a front end GUI to the server. The actual server runs as a service. Check 'My Computer -> Manage -> Services'. It should be set to automatically run when the computer boots. You should not have to run the Web interface to start the server.
Also the VM's can be set to autostart with the server. Unfortunately I'm not in front of our VMWare Server now so I can't tell you were the options are. But I know 100% you can set to auto run VM as the computer boots without ever having to run the Web Interface.
Edit: If you set the VM's to allow RDP login then the only time you need the webclient (or VI Client) is to create/detele/edit VM settings.
17th June 2009, 08:54 PM #14
The host ('base server' as you called it) doesn't need to have anyone logged on. It runs all the time as a service.
Originally Posted by garethedmondson
The VMWare Server 2 service will start automatically with the host server it runs on, so you don't need to restart it manually. The virtual machines can be configured (via the web interface) to also start and stop automatically with the host server.
Have a go! Assuming your host has sufficient memory and disk space (a serarate disk array is better for speed) you won't break anything or slow your server down. You'll soon get the hang of it. Just install XP as a VM on it to begin with.
I've used VMWare Server for over a year and have never read any instructions - it's that easy!
17th June 2009, 08:58 PM #15
I'd add that using RDP to access the VMs is also quicker than using the webclient console. The performance is much better.
Originally Posted by tmcd35
If you do want to use the web client console, install the VMWare tools - this will also improve the experience, like using the same mouse cursor for the console and the VM.
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