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Windows 7: A Practical example of using a SERVER as a VM


11 Feb 2010   #1

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 
A Practical example of using a SERVER as a VM

Hi guys

Just a quick practical example of how a SERVER itself can be of use as a Virtual Machine.

Example here is HOST is running VMWARE WORKSTATION. The VM is a server (W2K3).

(I normally use vmware server on the host for running Virtual Machines - but for testing I usually use vmware workstation to get everything going first - it's easier to fix stuff if things start going "pearshaped")

On the server I'm running a SAP BASIS developer system - this can be downloaded from SDN - note this IS a complex piece of software so installing it is not a trivial task BTW - it will run quite happily on a 1.2GB Virtual machine - you don't need to allocate more RAM than that.

SAP Developer Network (SDN): Downloads, Discussions, eLearning, and Documentation for Developers

On the FRONT END (i.e the HOST) I'm running an application called SAPGUI which is just a Windows Front end to the SAP system - normally you would run this on the same machine as the Basis developer system but for the demo I'm running it on the HOST.

The SAP user I log in with has the name BCUSER (Basis User) but doesn't have any account on the W2K3 server.

You can see it all works quite nicely.

2nd pic shows screen of user BCUSER logged on to the SAP applcation running on the Virtual server without having an account on the server itself but just on the application - Ist pic shows the Front end running on the Host Windows 7 machine with the SAP console (starts / stops the application) on the server. The Application Server panel identifies my VM W2K3 server Brownbear on my local LAN. The VM itself has Networking set to "Bridged" as it needs its own IP address for this application.

I've shown this as an example because a lot of people often like to do similar type of projects but aren't quite aware of how to go about it.

You can see the real flexibility of using Virtual Machines AS SERVERS THEMSELVES - especially now both the hardware and software have improved so much that you can even run these types of systems on decent Laptops now.


Cheers
jimbo



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