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Linux Journal: Configuring a Virtual Server Instance for Quick Recovery

Feb 19, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey McDonald)

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"So I'm sitting in my palatial 8" x 8" cubicle having a nice cup of Starbucks, when it happens. I hear the unmistakable sound of rushed breathing behind me. Kind of like Darth Vadar, but without the shiny black helmet. You know what flashes through your mind in situations like this: someone has a last minute problem and expects me to fix it for them.

"Before me stands a recently ordained project manager who proceeds to babble on about how a business group needs a new development/test environment ready to go in a day and a half--nice planning, huh?. Already my mind is thinking about the late nights and possibly a ruined weekend. You see, they want me to be around to build and rebuild Windows servers as they test different versions of code for a project in the final stages of development. Should the programs or activities pooch a server, they need someone to quickly rebuild and configure it for continued testing. Right, no problem.

"Now, I'm a salary kind of guy. There's no chance of gratuitous overtime here, just a hearty, 'You can take care of this for us right? Good. Gotta go!' So, what's the solution? You guessed it--Linux to the rescue. If you have read any of my previous articles here on the Linux Journal web site describing the use and configuration of Linux with VMware's GSX server, you can probably see where I'm going with this. By utilizing the VMware GSX server product running on a Red Hat Linux server, I can host multiple instances of pretty much any OS out there. To solve Mr. Last Minute project manager's issues, we can use virtual instances of Windows 2000 AS running on a Linux host server to handle all the testing needs of the requesting business group..."

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