Tag Archive for: VMware-Server
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).
You know how when you have a possibly zany idea you first do some web searches to see if anyone has already done it? That’s where I’m at with this one… problem is that I haven’t found anyone who’s done it yet!
I currently run VMware Server 2.0 on an older server. It all works OK, but running Windows 2003 R2 as the “host” OS isn’t as lightweight as I’d like it to be. I suspect my VM clients would get a bit more oomph from a leaner OS install as host.
I’ve considered switching the box over to the (also free) ESXi platform but my hardware isn’t quite compatible. Based on some other compatibility lists I think I’m pretty close but not quite sure I’m ready to give it a shot.
I looked at Microsoft’s Hyper-V but my hardware is definitely not compatible for that one. In particular, my CPUs are lacking the hardware-assisted virtualization stuff. Interesting looking technology, but not for folks trying to re-purpose older servers, that’s for sure.
And that all leads me to the idea of the week: 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?
Anyone done it? Or know somebody who has? It seems like a good compromise…
If you use VMware Server 2.x, you probably love the web based management console about as much as I do. In other words, not very much.
I like the product well enough (and the price!) that I’ve just been dealing with it up to this point. I mean seriously, it’s not like you have to spend a lot of time managing the server once it’s up and going, right?
Today I was very happy to learn that we do have an alternative to that web management interface. Turns out the VMware Infrastructure Client installer is dropped onto your server when you first install. Just point a browser to:
and fetch the client to install. Or, while on the VMware Server machine, find your VMware install directory and get the installer that way:
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Server\hostd\docroot\client\VMware-viclient.exe
Remember to include the port number when connecting to your server!
Give it a shot — I bet you’ll love it.
[Big huge happy hat tip to Concentrated Technology for this one!]