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Hey,

I need to create a network of virtual machines over OSX and Windows. Im trying to setup a lab for my MCITP exams, however my server isn't powerful enough to run 5 hosts at the same time.

What im wondering is, can I use VMware on my server to run 2 servers and then use VMware fusion on my Mac to run 3 more hosts?

If so, then what VMware product do I need on my server?

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What OS are you running on your server? When I was doing labs on VMware I had the best results using Linux as base OS then loading the VM machines from them. I could usually run one extra server compared to a Windows install. If you have VMware Fusion already you should be able to get by with VMware Player on your server and then create the VM's on fusion and copy them over to the server. The other thing to watch is on most of the MCITP labs you can get by with running at most 3 hosts you can suspend a few of the hosts because they are not needed after the configs are done on them.
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What OS are you running on your server? When I was doing labs on VMware I had the best results using Linux as base OS then loading the VM machines from them. I could usually run one extra server compared to a Windows install. If you have VMware Fusion already you should be able to get by with VMware Player on your server and then create the VM's on fusion and copy them over to the server. The other thing to watch is on most of the MCITP labs you can get by with running at most 3 hosts you can suspend a few of the hosts because they are not needed after the configs are done on them.
Cheers for that.

Im running Server 2008 R2 on my server, just tried Workstation but its not supported on Server OS's..


Its not so much a matter of copying them, I'd like to run say a Domain Controller on the server and then say a Secondary Server and a Client on my Mac, but have them inside the same virtual network.

Also, any idea if I can open/convert VHD's to run on VMWare? I've got some from Microsoft specifically for 70-640
    
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The easiest way would be to add an extra network card to both systems, and connect those with a crossover cable. Then configure your VMs to use only that network card and boom, seperate network, isolated as well so you can set up a DHCP server without messing up your current network.
    
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The easiest way would be to add an extra network card to both systems, and connect those with a crossover cable. Then configure your VMs to use only that network card and boom, seperate network, isolated as well so you can set up a DHCP server without messing up your current network.
I agree with this.

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Cheers for that.
Im running Server 2008 R2 on my server, just tried Workstation but its not supported on Server OS's..

Its not so much a matter of copying them, I'd like to run say a Domain Controller on the server and then say a Secondary Server and a Client on my Mac, but have them inside the same virtual network.

Also, any idea if I can open/convert VHD's to run on VMWare? I've got some from Microsoft specifically for 70-640
If you're talking about the virtual machines I think you're talking about, those were run in Microsoft Virtual PC, which is a free program. You *SHOULD* be able to run Microsoft Virtual PC on your Server '08 box (no idea if it could run on a Mac, but that could be interesting...) and run the virtuals for 70-640 on there.

Then on the Mac, run VMWare Player and the rest of the virtuals. If they're addressed right (I.E. same subnet), they should see each other and network quite nicely.

I'm not 100% sure about this, but I *THINK* that VMWare Player can open and run Microsoft Virtual PC VHD's.

What are the specs for your server? On my sig rig, I run 4 Server '08 virtuals, a Win7 virtual (sometimes 2), and a couple of Linux virtuals at the same time. Sometimes I also run GNS3 (a router emulator) with 4-5 routers at the same time, in addition to the virtuals listed above. The trick is setting the RAM low enough. I run my Server '08 boxes at 512MB of RAM, and my Win7 clients at 384MB of RAM. That might help you squeeze an extra machine or two out of one box.

The servers respond really well to everything I've ever had them do with only 512MB of RAM, and while Win7 is noticeably slower with 384MB of RAM, it still works quite well, and it's not really that annoying of a slowdown.
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Why don't you use the Hyper-V role in Server 2008 R2 or install a clean install of ESXi from VMWare onto the server as your hypervisor, ESXi can handle a bunch of servers, your only limited by the amount of ram and the number of cores your cpu has.
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VMware has the free version of ESXI, and I strongly recommend you get a bit of experience with it. Very handy, and you can do quite a lot of things with it to tackle common IT problems.
    
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