Last week I rambled out the following:
Why not run VMware Server 2 on Windows 2008 Server Core? Core is lean and mean with no GUI and would free up more resources to be used by my VM clients. I’m reasonably certain it’ll run on the hardware, I’m just not sure if it’ll host VMware Server — well heck, the real question is can I even make it through the installer?
Seems like a neat idea, but I didn’t get much feedback and, in asking and searching wasn’t learning much.
So today I decided to post my question on Stack Overflow. I watched it go through a couple down-votes and up-votes (currently net -1 as of this writing) until “bzlm” pointed me right to the VMware Server FAQ… Doh! I can’t believe I didn’t find this in all of my web searches!
- Can I install VMware Server 2 on a Core installation of Windows Server 2008 host operating system?
No, VMware Server 2 can only be installed on a Full installation of Windows Server 2008 host operating system. However, both Core and Full installations of Windows Server 2008 are supported as guest operating systems.
Well huh. There you go.
Gotta say, I’m still tempted to give it a shot… I can’t believe that somebody hasn’t already been down this road. It seems so logical (to me, at least).
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