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VMWare - 7.Mar.2003 4:35:00 PM   
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I want to setup a "simulated" network environment (W2K, ISA, Exchange...) on my machine without having to have several machines to setup a study lab in my house. I am trying yo prepare for the MCSE, want to take the ISA exams, Exchange, etc. Is VMWare the recommended way to do this? What version, will the workstation version work?
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RE: VMWare - 7.Mar.2003 10:02:00 PM   
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It worked for me, unless you have a pot of gold at the bottom of the garden,
Any of the later versions I think it was 3 or better. Check their web site

Good luck

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RE: VMWare - 8.Mar.2003 7:31:00 PM   
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Hi K,

I use VMware to test everything. I would never go to a client site without making it work in a VMware network first. It allows you to determine if your plan will work, and gives you practice in actually carrying out the procedure, instead of doing it the first time on someone else's network [Wink]

HTH,
Tom

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RE: VMWare - 10.Mar.2003 7:47:00 PM   
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Thanks. I will download it and try it out.

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RE: VMWare - 11.Mar.2003 10:00:00 PM   
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VMWare rules!

We use it for our staging environment.

Nothing goes live unless it works here first!

Best thing is VM machines are portable..

Don't forget to change SID ID's though! or use SYSPREP first before hand..

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RE: VMWare - 12.Mar.2003 8:18:00 PM   
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Hi Tich,

You bet! I sysprep a VM and then use it in my testing.

VMWare ROCKS! [Big Grin]

Tom

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RE: VMWare - 13.Mar.2003 11:31:00 PM   
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I've recently brought your book from Amazon.com and am delighted with it!

I installed our ISA Server by following your online guides and book.

Thanks and keep the good work coming...

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RE: VMWare - 19.Mar.2003 4:04:00 AM   
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Hi Tich,

Thanks for getting the book! [Smile]

Tom

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RE: VMWare - 27.Apr.2003 6:22:00 AM   
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I've seen quite a few postings on the virtues of using VMWare for a test lab. I already use VMWare for a few things, but have not used it for ISA yet. Is there an article anywhere on this site (I've searched for 30 minutes now) on how to set up the ideal lab environment to try out all features of ISA? I saw an article that was published before "Configuring ISA Server" came out and it said that in Appendix B there would be exactly this. Also, the back of "ISA Server and Beyond" also alludes to such a subject. However, there is no Appendix B in the first book, and VMWare is not even in the index in either book. Guidance, anyone? [Confused]

[ April 27, 2003, 07:08 AM: Message edited by: Chris Austin ]

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RE: VMWare - 28.Apr.2003 9:32:00 PM   
Guest
Hi tshinder and tich

Can un explain us what type of Virtual Network on VMware do u use for testing and labs (Bridge, Host-only, NAT, etc)

Thanks a lot!

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RE: VMWare - 29.Apr.2003 1:05:00 PM   
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quote:
Originally posted by Chris Austin:
I've seen quite a few postings on the virtues of using VMWare for a test lab. I already use VMWare for a few things, but have not used it for ISA yet. Is there an article anywhere on this site (I've searched for 30 minutes now) on how to set up the ideal lab environment to try out all features of ISA? I saw an article that was published before "Configuring ISA Server" came out and it said that in Appendix B there would be exactly this. Also, the back of "ISA Server and Beyond" also alludes to such a subject. However, there is no Appendix B in the first book, and VMWare is not even in the index in either book. Guidance, anyone? [Confused]

Hi Chris,

There really isn't anything special about using VMware with ISA Server. Just make sure that each NIC is on a different VMnet. VMnet 1 and 8 are used for bridging and NAT, so you can't use them for virtual switches (by default), but all the other VMnets are available for use as virtual switches. Just make sure that each NIC on the ISA Server virtual machine is connected to a different VMnet.

HTH,
Tom

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RE: VMWare - 29.Apr.2003 1:07:00 PM   
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quote:
Originally posted by <guest>:
Hi tshinder and tich

Can un explain us what type of Virtual Network on VMware do u use for testing and labs (Bridge, Host-only, NAT, etc)

Thanks a lot!

Hi Guest,

Actually, I always disable the virtual adatpers installed by VMware, because they can cause problems on the actual network. I do use VMnet 1 (bridging) for the external interface of the ISA Server virtual machine sometimes if I need to simulate actual Internet acess. In those situations I give the ISA Server virtual machine a default gateway which is the internal interface of one of my actual ISA Servers. All other interfaces are no different virtual switches (VMnets).

HTH,
Tom

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RE: VMWare - 12.Jun.2003 7:07:00 PM   
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Hi all

If anyone watches this thread at this moment, a good starting point is to attend the HandsOn Labs for ISA Server, where VMWare is used in a typical scenario.

I dunno whether the associated files can be obtained/downloaded from somewhere (MS or CTEC), so attend the HOL.

Regards,

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RE: VMWare - 12.Jun.2003 8:01:00 PM   
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Hey guys,

Should I write some articles on how to put together an ISA Server lab using VMware?

Thanks!
Tom

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RE: VMWare - 12.Jun.2003 8:13:00 PM   
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Hi Tom

That would be great.

Thanks.

Regards,

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RE: VMWare - 18.Jun.2003 2:34:00 PM   
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Hi Tom,

If you created a setup using VMWARE that would be fantastic.

BTW, your book is great!

Thanks!

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RE: VMWare - 18.Jun.2003 4:31:00 PM   
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Yes, yes, yes.... [Smile] [Smile] [Smile]

Please, Please, Please! [Wink] [Wink] [Wink]

(Flashback to Wayne's World)

We're not worthy!
We're Not Worthy!
We're not worthy!

but it would be a blessing! [Big Grin]

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RE: VMWare - 19.Jun.2003 3:17:00 AM   
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Hey guys,

OK! I'll take this to mean that a VMware series of articles would be helpful [Smile]

I'll put this on the top of the list of things to cover. I do have a fairly standardized procedure that I use that allows me to test things pretty quickly.

Thanks!
Tom

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RE: VMWare - 30.Oct.2003 8:27:00 PM   
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Hey!
Some news about this???

Thank You.!
Guille.

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RE: VMWare - 3.Nov.2003 10:27:00 PM   
tshinder

 

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Hi Guille,

LOL! Somehow it got off the top of the list.

I'm working on a Quick Start Guide right now that will help everyone right out of the box. Very detailed and very thorough. I'll based the VMware lab on the Getting Started Guide.

Thanks!
Tom

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