How to Set Up VMware Workstation as a Server - select the contributor at the end of the page - It's easy to a have a virtual machine bridged to your physical network providing some sort of a service like sharing files or hosting some sort of software.
That does not make it a server. One of the simplest things that you expect from a server is to resume after a power failure. Almost all modern physical machines can sense that the power is back and start, but how to make the host start the VM after completing the boot process without any user interference?
Back in , I had the need, but did not have the resources, to get my own dedicated server, so I hosted virtual machines on my always-on workstation. I just needed a way to start VMs with Windows. After a long search I had one of two alternatives: Virtual Machine as a Service The first was to run virtual machine as a service, which was a rather involved process. The procedure required editing the registry, deploying exotic utilities from the Windows resource tools and typing odd, long commands.
It was intimidating to say the least, but it worked as it should and I learned a lot while applying it. I did not really like VMware Server: This means that in addition to other much needed features, VMware Workstation 8 has created an easy direct way to enable virtual machines to auto-start and stay always-on regardless of whether a user is logged on or not.
Establishing Workstation as a Server Before you start you need to make sure that the VM is turned off. The first step is to share the VM: Notice that this is a general setting that affects all VMs and not a VM specific setting.
It is not uncommon to be in a position where you need to set a specific order like starting an SQL server, before its application. For that you still need to edit an XML file named C: Figure 5 — Delay between starting each virtual machine Mission accomplished: The VM s should start with windows regardless if a user is logged in or not.
So, what does all this talk about sharing VMs mean? It simply means that you can make VMs available to other workstation clients. VMware Workstation 8 added search and improved inventory.
Search may not look important on a workstation, after all how many VMs can a workstation host? But with the ability to connect to remote vSphere servers that manage hundreds of VMs at the data center Figure 7 search proves to be very useful.
So, VMware Workstation can connect vSphere? Not only that, it can upload VMs to it since Workstation 8 was made available and download VMs from it new with version 9. Figure 7 The last new feature to make Workstation more than a complete replacement of the discounted VMware Server is a web interface: Figure 8 Summary: VMware Workstation is much more than what its name implies. It can stand on its own as a viable server solution. I just hope that the addition of all those great features, with enhanced performance on all levels, will give VMware Workstation a fighting chance against Hyper-V 3 which will be shipped with Windows 8 for free.
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