Posts Tagged ‘workstation’

Cool Tools 3: Parted Magic (and VMWare Workstation)

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Get ready for a handful of VMWare fanboy posts.  I’ve been using VMWare Workstation for years so that I can run different versions of the WCI portal for different clients, and am starting to get involved with VMWare Server (vSphere) for virtual WCI portal installations, so look for a couple of posts on that in the future.

I’ve got about a dozen clients with different portal versions, databases, development environments, VPNs, etc.  And it simply isn’t all that practical to install off these pieces of software (especially VPN software from different vendors, which often don’t play nice with each other) on the same machine.  So for each client and development environment I have, I maintain a separate Virtual Machine.  This way, I can have an installed version of the portal, database, and dev environment that matches the client, as well as the client-specific VPN and any other support files I need.  These Virtual Machines are then portable between my desktop and laptop, and can even be shared with the clients themselves if they need a ready-made development environment: the .vmdk files (which are physical files on your drive that represent the virtual drive in the client Operating System) can simply be copied and shared.

What happens if you run out of disk space on your Virtual Drive, though?  It’s actually not a completely simple process, but can be done in 3 pretty quick steps:

1) Resize the “physical” disk itself. 

You do this by editing the Virtual Machine settings, clicking the hard drive, then clicking “Utilities”, and “Expand” to increase the size.

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