Wed, Feb 15 2006 12:12
Building a box
Well it's beta season which means I have to decide which beta gets a real phyiscal box and which one gets a virtual one. While setting up virtual machines is getting easier and easier, I still sometimes like the old fashioned, real, physical box to test with.
My normal way of building a box is to do like many others... install disk one...leaving plenty of room for that operating system. Now I'm still partitioning off server drives, but normally for workstations, I make the whole thing one drive. I then stop after the SBS disk 1, ensure I've partitioned off the rest of the disks like I like them and then I finish the standard install. I then stop, run the Connect to Internet Wizard... ensure that Sharepoint is functional before progressing to the Premium install. Then I lift up Sharepoint to SQL and instlal ISA. But I make sure that standard is good and solid before adding any third party stuff, line of business apps, antivirus, you name it.
Remind me I need to get a KVM switch as right now I have keyboards all over the place.
You might also want to check out Daemon tools (if you install version 4 of the tools ensure you unselect the adware) and "Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP" as two tools to make mounting ISO's and using them to easily install especially in virtual settings.
So? Have you played with VMware? VPC? Virtual Server?
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