Running the server(s) in a VMware setup?

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by edge, May 25, 2008.

  1. edge

    edge Active Member Moderator HowtoForge Supporter

    I'm about to install a new server, and I was thinking of putting this all in a VMware setup.

    Basically it will be a Debian Etch system** running a Debian Etch server within VMware.
    The Debian Etch running in VMware will be running all the needed server stuff (ISPconfig / DNS / Mail / Apache / ....).
    **The server (hardware) will be a Dual Xeon system with about 8GB of memory.

    Reason for doing things this way is to make it much easier to recover from crashed systems. (I can take a snapshot of the system every day), and that the main system will (should) never hang!

    My question now is, if I am not making things to complicated this way?

    Any feedback on this appreciated!
     
  2. zcworld

    zcworld New Member

    problem i can see maybe
    you can only have one VPS ( server in Vm) access to the outside world
    unless you have the master box running apache with proxy to hangle all of the forwarding out act

    but than how can users put files on there access ....

    but once you get around that problem ... killer way of doing it

    live backups .... with no to little down time ... unless something else bad happens ....
     
  3. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    I think it's a good solution! :)
     
  4. edge

    edge Active Member Moderator HowtoForge Supporter

    I've got at the moment 8 IP's Each VMware server will have it's own IP.
    This will look like I've got 8 servers, with all the needed things runing in it like FTP, Apache and so on.. (not sure if 8GB will be enought for this)
    Only problem is that (in case of 8 servers) I will need to split the HDD in something like 9 parts (1 part for the main OS running the VMserver(s), and 8 for each server)

    I think so too. I'll report back on how it did work out for me.
     
  5. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    Is it a subnet with 8 IP addresses? In that case you can use only 6 IP addresses - you cannot use the network address and the broadcast address.
     

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