Hi guys,

My first post. I'm looking to move away from Desktop 2nd Line work and head into a career of Application Virtualization, packaging & deployment.

I was hoping someone with some industry insight could recommend what hardware specs to consider when looking to buy a laptop that I intend to teach myself the below programs on, if I can get my hands on them. I will obviously run virtual machines on this laptop. I didnt want to buy a certain laptop to find later on I should of bought something better with certain hardware requirements. Its not the kind of question I could ask a techie at a store as what would they know about running the below.

Hopefully someone on these forums would of gone down the same path as me and taught themselves at home on just one laptop.

-VMware, Install Shield, Admin Studio, Orca, App-V, SCCM, Altiris, Wise Package Studio, SQL Server with express etc

Any advice would be greatly appreciated to help get me started with my learning.

J
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Why don't you refer to the user manuals/guides of the packaging & deployment tools?
Most of these admin guides are available on internet, which can provide you exact idea around hardware requirement.
One thing for sure, you wouldn't need extra HIGH-END machines.
Answered 02/22/2011 by: WiseAppPackager
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Easy:
- H U G E RAM
- H U G E hard drive for your images and packages.
- An external drive for taking back-ups of that drive is also highly recommended. If you have never lost a drive due to failure, trust me: you'll never regret spending a few bucks on a back-up drive.

Next! :-)
Answered 02/23/2011 by: VBScab
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Justin,

if you have a spare desktop lying around somewhere, I'd suggest cramming it full of RAM (or as full as you can) and installing ESXi on it. This will give you a base system on which you can then install a number of servers and clients to play around with.

Just buy yourself a good laptop then in your pricerange and use it to approach the VMs on the ESXi server (through the vSphere Client or RDP). This way you can divert the load of running the servers away from your laptop.

Rgds,

PJ
Answered 02/23/2011 by: pjgeutjens
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