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Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab: Part 5 – Prepare the Template

December 5, 2011 2 comments

First, we will need to ‘protect’ our parent VM and make it a template.  This ensure we don’t delete it or power it on.  Select the Windows2008R2_Base VM and click Edit virtual machine settings.

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Select the Options tab, go to the Advanced item and check the Enable Template mode checkbox.

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Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab: Part 4 – Base Template

December 2, 2011 26 comments

Now it’s time to start building our Virtual Infrastructure services.  This will consist of a bunch of VMs hosting Active Directory, SQL Server, vCenter, …  So we’re talking about 3 to 5 VMs here.

We will use Windows 2008 R2 as the base OS for these VMs.  We will be using Linked Clones technology of VMware Workstation to put those VMs in the smallest space possible.

To make it a short story, we’ll install one ‘Base VM’ with Windows 2008 R2 including all the patches/service packs.  Then, we will create a linked clone for each of our VMs.  This linked clone contains only the differences between the Base VM and the linked clone.  In most cases, this is less than 5 GB per VM.

So let’s start for the Base VM.  Click Create a New Virtual Machine to create your first VM.

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Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 3: VMware Workstation 8

December 2, 2011 30 comments

Once we have our desktop installed with Windows 7 x64, it’s time to install VMware Workstation 8.

 

Download the latest binaries from VMware website and start the setup:

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Pick a Typical installation.

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The default installation location is fine as it is.

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Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 2: The Hardware

December 1, 2011 92 comments

Several factors are important to make a powerful desktop pc able to host all the VMs we will need:

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You need a CPU with at least 4 cores.  It’s nice to have Hyperthreading as it will give you more logical CPUs and more vCPUs to hand out to the VMs.

Secondly, you need Virtualization Technology features enabled on the CPU.

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Building the Ultimate vSphere Lab – Part 1: The Story

November 30, 2011 59 comments

In my search of the ‘ultimate affordable’ Lab setup for VMware VCAP/VCP/… exams, i went through a lot of possible set ups.

In the end, i started to build a powerful desktop pc in which i intend to virtualize my vSphere environment.  The reasons that made me chose a desktop PC running Windows 7 with VMware Workstation 8 to do this:

– Everybody has a pc.  So why not buy a lightning fast pc which makes your daily application work at light speed (email/surfing/office tasks) and gives you a perfect lab!

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