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  • kostas

    Hi all,

    I am after some advice on how I can use the VMware server to its maximum potential. I would like to install a training software to 10 pcs so to train people. I have to tell you that the software is quite demanding and the use of an Oracle database is necessary as well.

    I thought that the VMware solution might be a good idea so to keep all pcs clean (by going back to an original snapshot) after every training session. However, I am a little bit confused.

    I am also thinking of installing the VMware server to my physical server where I can create 10 partitions running windows XP professional. I will have to install the software+database to one of the virtual pcs partitions and then import this to all the rest of the virtual machines. The trainees can then log into those 10 virtual machines of the server. I am quite worried about the speed of the network and how this can respond to all the simultaneous requests from the trainees. Do you think that this can be an issue?

    Another idea would be to install 10 VMware servers (since it is free) to each trainee’s pc and make snapshots so that when the virtual pcs are rebooted they can all go back to an original configuration. I do not know…..I am a little bit confused.

    My aim here is to always go back to an original project/database configuration. I may be wrong in the approach I am taking.

    I would also like to make a “global solution”. I mean to be able to distribute the virtual machine to all other pcs in my company. However, the rest of the pcs might not have the same hardware installed. Does that mean that the image will not be compatible? How can I get around this problem as well? How can I make a global image irrespective of the hardware being used?

    Any suggestions?

    Your help will be very much appreciated.



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