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CFP001
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I'm having some problems and I'm sure one of you can suggest something.

I'm running XWays in an XP virtual machine. I have XWays installed in the virtual machine. I have a share on the host that is mapped on the VM. I have the temp folder pointing to the VM hard disk.

Is this the right way to do this if you want to run XWays in this configuration, or using any software/tools for that matter?

Of course it's a little slow and i don't see how I could add the images to the VM to make it faster, the VM hard disk would have to be HUGE. roll

The reason I want to do it like this is so that for each case I will have a VM that I can save with all the tools I used, the version etc.. for later time if needed.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

 
Posted : 16/01/2010 6:57 am
BitHead
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ESXi or HyperV or Parallels or something else? What kind of processing power and RAM in the host? What kind of drives? RAID? How many NICs in your host? Any option to place the target image on a SAN?

 
Posted : 16/01/2010 7:19 am
CFP001
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ESXi or HyperV or Parallels or something else? What kind of processing power and RAM in the host? What kind of drives? RAID? How many NICs in your host? Any option to place the target image on a SAN?

VM Workstation.
Decent Host= AMD 9500Quad 8GB Ram
VM=2 CPU x 2GB Ram
The drives on the host that hold the images are Raid0.
1 NIC in the host.

Are you gettiing at using an iSCSI target for the images instead of the SMB share? Would I notice a big difference?

 
Posted : 16/01/2010 7:48 am
bshavers
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Virtual Box (www.virtualbox.org) runs quite a bit faster than VM Workstation. It's free, quite easy, and has some features such as "Seamless Mode" that Workstation does not have.

 
Posted : 16/01/2010 10:37 am
BitHead
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bshavers is quite right with his comment. Workstation is a great test platform, however there is a lot of overhead.

We run ESXi because the overhead is so much lower than Workstation. Each guest "workstation" is Server 2K3 which seems to run faster than 2K8. Also each VM has 2 cores and 8GB RAM. Allocating only 2GB of RAM will severely limit the ability of your VM to handle large cases.

iSCSI is one option, albeit an expensive option. I am running a Dell MD3000 direct attached storage device. Each host connects to the MD3000 with 2 SCSI cards. This limits the number of hosts to 2, but since each host has multiple VMs it should not be a limiting factor except for the largest labs.

 
Posted : 16/01/2010 7:53 pm
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