5 Replies Latest reply: May 7, 2012 3:09 PM by TheProf RSS

    Replace Server 2.0 with Workstation - sensible?

    dickieblack Novice

      Hi all,

       

      I am in a similar position to the poster of this thread http://communities.vmware.com/thread/314275?start=0&tstart=0 although my requirements are slightly different.

       

      We have a single box shop with Win 2003 R2 running as a file server and backup server, using VMware Server 2.0 to host a Windows Domain Controller and a separate SQL/Application server.

       

      The  hardware is getting replaced due to age and I am wondering how best to  go about deploying its replacement. We can only house (and fund) a single tower  server and we have an absolute requirement for tape-based backups. This  seems to eliminate ESXi, as our backup vendor (Symantec) requires that  we have a physical server to connect the tape device to - DirectPath is not supported as far as I am aware. Does anyone have any advice in this area?

       

      My  current plan is to install Win 2008 and BackupExec on the new box, plus  VMware workstation to run the domain controller, SQL server and a  virtualised version of the existing server (to avoid any need to  reconfigure things for the users). Does this sound practical? What  limitations might I find when trying to manage this system? Does Workstation start VMs on system boot as Server 2.0 does?

       

      Many thanks,

       

      Richard

        • 1. Re: Replace Server 2.0 with Workstation - sensible?
          adelisa Enthusiast

          Hi dickieblack ,

           

          If your backup are aready then  you can replace or upgrade the hardware .

          Seem you already have all tools.

           

           

           

           

           

          " Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion."
          • 2. Re: Replace Server 2.0 with Workstation - sensible?
            dickieblack Novice

            Hi,

             

            Sorry for the delay - I've been away for a few days.  Thanks for the reply. I'm aware that I am able to replcae the hardware,.  That is already in progress.

             

            My question is whether it  is a good idea to replace Server 2.0 with Workstation and whether there  would be any issues asociated with that.

             

            Thanks,

             

            Richard

            • 3. Re: Replace Server 2.0 with Workstation - sensible?
              TheProf Novice vExpert

              Hey,

               

              I think one of the main differences is that VMware workstation does not run as a service, meaning if you log off, the application closes and thus your vm's shut down. The shutdown process is also not very clean. I did find articles on google that have "workarounds" that might work, but personally I have not tested it myself. With VMware server, you have the option of running it as a service.

               

              With that said, I do believe that VMware workstation has a lot more functionality then VMware server does. I personally use workstation to testing purposes, and I would not run anything that requires to be up at all times. Also the VMware Server 2 support ended in June 2011 so if support is something you require (good to have if you're running production systems) then I would look for another solution. There's lots of good info on VMware workstation vs VMware server on google and this forum here.

              • 4. Re: Replace Server 2.0 with Workstation - sensible?
                RDPetruska Guru User Moderators vExpert

                TheProf wrote:

                 

                Hey,

                 

                I think one of the main differences is that VMware workstation does not run as a service, meaning if you log off, the application closes and thus your vm's shut down. The shutdown process is also not very clean.

                Is this still completely true with Workstation 8's Shared Virtual Machines?  I have seen anecdotal evidence that shutdown isn't always clean, but I thought the shared VMs really do run as service - level VMs.

                • 5. Re: Replace Server 2.0 with Workstation - sensible?
                  TheProf Novice vExpert

                  Actually it does seem like VMware workstation 8's Share Virtual Machine feature can run VM's upon a log off or even when the host reboots. Haven't had a chance to play around with it, but looks promising