How to Set up VMWare

April 27, 2010 at 17:04:23
Specs: Win XP SP3, Quad Cor and 4 GB

Hello everyone
My question is how do I set up a VMWare on my desktop where I can have a Windows 2003 Server and with four or more Windows XP.
A fully virtual environment. for me to complete the course in Windows Server 2003.

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April 27, 2010 at 17:39:52

Ok, assuming, you've already installed VMware Workstation, you first have to check the network settings in VMware under "Edit / Virtual Network Editor".
Depending on what you plan to do, e.g. using Windows Server 2003 as DHCP and DNS server, you might want to disable the DHCP and DNS server implemented in VMware.
If you also plan to be able to communicate with your Host system, you will not need the 2 network cards of VMware, that can in this case be disabled, and have to set the network card for the virtual machines to Bridged Mode.

Then you can start to create a new virtual machine. I always use custom (advanced setup), and follow the instructions of the wizard.
The start the virtual machine and install the windows server, as you would do at a regular computer. When installation is finished, configure the server to use a static private ip address. (Servers do always need static ip addresses).
Then configure all the things like DHCP and DNS on the Windows Server, as I said, just like you would do on a regular computer.

These steps are always the same for every windows xp workstation, you would install in a new virtuall machine. The windows machines should be configured to get the ip address via DHCP.

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April 27, 2010 at 19:43:40

Hello Paulsep.
Ok, Paulsep but I also want my Windows Server 2003 has Internet access and how do I set up Windows in VMware Server, which I set the network adapter and another thing you can explain step by step what I do in the virtual network editor and I set on my host machine that the XP.
Paulsep I am sorry for so many perguntas.I 'm a beginner in Administering Windows Server 2003 and also in VMware Workstation
Thanks for your help ...

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April 27, 2010 at 21:33:12

But you know, how to configure network settings in Windows XP, do you?

It's just the same thing in windows 2003.

First of all, I will not give you a step by step instruction on how to configure a windows 2003 server. Therefore, you have to study the lessons of the material, you got to make the course.

So if you plan to let windows server connect to the internet and also act as DHCP and DNS server for your windows xp virtual machines, first simply set the services for VMware DHCP and VMware DNS to starttype manual or disabled.
This can be done by clicking Start / Run and typing:
Then locate the VMware services and set as mentioned above.

Ok, at next, you have to create your first virtual machine.
1. start VMware Workstation and click File / New / Virtual Machine
2. follow the wizard, choose the operating system you will install in this VM, where to store the VM a.s.o.
3. When everything is finished, you have to put in the CD/DVD with the operating system, in this case Windows 2003 and start the VM, you've just created.
The VM will boot from CD and you're asked alot of questions, on installing Windows 2003 server.

And how to install Windows Server 2003 is just your part.

If this all is done and your server is up and running, you can create a new virtual machine for e.g. Windows XP.
The steps are almost the same as for Windows Server 2003. Give it a name like WinXP1, WinXP2 a.s.o.
Configure the WinXPs in the virtual machines as you like and play around with the server and the virtual workstations.

Ah, don't forget to make a snapshot of the virtual machine, when you have finished the installation.
This give you the ability to step back to the fresh installed virtual machine, if you played a bit to much and the system is screwed up.
Create another snapshot, e.g. when you have configured the DHCP and DNS server in the Windows 2003 VM.

You have to create snapshots for each VM seperately.

Puuhhh, hope that helps to start with VMware Workstation.

Don't forget to study your books ;-)

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April 27, 2010 at 21:57:38

Ah forgot the internet access for the server or workstations.
Simply configure the network card of the virtual machine to use NAT.
You can do this, when you start VMware, click the virtuall machine, e.g. Win2003 Server, at the right side, doubleclick the network adapter and change the option NAT: Used to share the hosts ip address.

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April 29, 2010 at 10:19:54

Paulsep Hello!
Thanks for the help, but my doubt was exactly this that I have all my virtual machines including Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2003 with Internet access free for other vms I access them as well but only through Windows Server 2003. Actually I want to simulate here in my house like a small company with a Windows 2003 giving access or not the machines including the Internet. And when I started to configure the VMware sugiu many doubts that it is through the network adapter and the following editor i doubt he has the option dhcp and dns and how do I configure this in vmware because it was only in Windows Server 2003 is only set up but dhcp and dns and VMware? I need to configure the network adapter, editor or not?
Paulsep my difficulty is just the VMWare and not so much the Widows Server 2003, Windows Server I know a little.
sorry for my insistence and thanks for the help ...

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April 29, 2010 at 11:43:05

It's not really different from building this environment in real.
Server needs two network cards.
Server is DHCP and DNS server.
Clients are connected to internal network card, e.g.
External network card of the server 192.168.20.x connects to the internet via VMware NAT configuration.

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April 29, 2010 at 20:18:16

So to access the internet I set as nat and access to I configure my network with bridged, then on my Windows Server 2003 will need to have two network cards and one card in the XPS as a bridge, and if the virutal network editor I do not need to configure the dhcp and dns, because I have windows 2003 server that does the same thing?
thanks ......

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April 29, 2010 at 20:36:05

From your first posting:
A fully virtual environment. for me to complete the course in Windows Server 2003.

Did you read any kind of books about Windows 2003 server?

Sorry, but if you had read the books, you should be aware, that you will need at least a running DNS server at a windows 2003 server to run Active Directory.

And yes, windows server with a running DHCP and DNS server does the same thing.

What you have to do is, first simply create a VM where you install your Windows Server 2003.
Then play around with the settings for the virtual network cards and check out what happens, when switching from bridged to NAT or Host Only.
This things can be changed at any time.

In a virtual machine, you have the ability to play around with the things, to see what happens and understand things and consequences on what you have done.
After you've changed the settings for e.g. the virtual network card, open up a command prompt and first type:
ipconfig /all
to figure out the current ip settings.
Then use a ping to check, whether you're able to access servers in the internet by ip address and by name.

If the first ping will not work, there is no internet access.
If the second ping will not work, there is a problem with the name resolution (DNS).

But again, you must read the books to understand, what's necessary to setup a Windows 2003 Server. Otherwise, you'll never get it to run smoothly and will never be able to finish the course.

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April 29, 2010 at 21:56:02

Paulsep you're right, let me explain what I really want to do.
First I've got a course in windows server 2003 video lessons in this course the professor announced that it will take a PC with Windows 2003 Server with two network cards, one card for Internet access and other card will serve like a hub for I connect the other machines XP.O teacher he does it all with physical server and the machines on the network but I have to do it physically, so I'm trying to do virtually, so the question is how I make virtually anything with a Windows Server 2003 with two network cards one to access the internet and the other would like a hub to connect my other machines XP.Isto virtually everything. and another thing I'll have a single server with all services installed including the the dhcp and dns.
Paulsep thanks again for your help to know that you are helping me a lot ...

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April 30, 2010 at 05:37:29

You have hopefully recognized, that you can add devices to the default selected.
When you've started VMware and clicked your VM, at the right side, you will see only one network card, but you can add more of them and configure it for bridged or NAT or Host Only.

This is nothing more or less then having a physical server and you recognize, that it has only one network card installed and you have to buy and install another network card.

All the rest has to be configured in the running virtual machine, just as is were a physical machine.
No difference.

Ah I forgot to mention, you have to install the VMware tools to the virtual machine.
That is just like installing the chipset drivers for a physical machine, so that all the installed hardware is recognized by the VM.

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April 30, 2010 at 15:52:00

Hello Paulsep!
I come again I ask for help.
I'll explain what I did here at home.
I installed all my virtual Windows 2003 Server with two network cards as a bridge that would connect to the internet and the other as only they will be host to the connection between the XP clients. On windows server I already configured the dns, wins and dhcp and has an option on windows 2003 server which is called routing and remote access that does the same thing a router configured fisico.Eu he follows the first option he gets my broadband connection that bridged the board will be the second plate and which will host only one hub to connect to other machines xp. Done all this I also created a machine with XP host card only and when I was put in the field appears msg can not be contacted a domain controller for domain
Can you help me and tell what I'm doing wrong?
Thanks again for your help!

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