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Deploy multiple copies of the same vApp.

Hi

We're looking to deploy a prebuilt SharePoint 2010 environment already contained in a vCloud vApp multiple times for usage by a number of our users. The problem and question I'm asking is we want the servers to have the same names, ip addresses and same domain. The problem with this though is when we copy the vApp and assign the networking obviously we dont want it on the same network as the previous but by putting on a new internal network it means we'll be using a differnet static ip range and will make the copying of the environment pointless.

Has anyone tried something like this before?

Gregg

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Gregg,

What is the overall use case?  Is this for development?  Does the copies deployed require external dependencies and if so what are they? (DNS, AD, Etc) or is the vApp fully self contained so when deployed it can be 100% isolated?

There are a few options, but you may have to play with them.  One option is to create the vApp with static "Manual" IP addresses and when you put them in the catalog select DO NOT allow customization.  What this does is deploy an exact copy of the vApp each time....this might sound like a plan, but to your point you cannot have multiple copies on the same network segmen with duplicate IP's.

This is where either separate Org Networks OR vApp networks could be useful.  You can have as many version then of the vApp as long as the vApp is connected to the differne vApp networks.  The upside is each vApp network or ORG network can have the SAME IP range behind the Edge and completely different IP's on the outside of the Edge for the 1:1 NAT and your NAT internal addresses will all be the same.

In CIM1264 at VMworld we have some examples of this very use case in our slide deck.

Cumulus
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Chris your idea sounds good but we have concerns that Acitive Directory may not be able to handle this because the VM's will be on the network twice if you make a copy. Have you verified that AD will still work when you deploy Sharpoint in the way you described?

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@Greg

The only way we have been sucessful with this is to create blank VM's and then use a software distribution tool to deploy the sharpoint and MSSQL instances on top of those blank VM's. Whole process is about 10 min per VM. Not too bad.

Also have a look at the following video. But it looks like more work then it is worth IMHO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MUCL0JI6tI

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