Hi guys,

recently I've been playing with the idea of setting up a test lab environment at home to test some Virtualisation solutions. Being a freelancer and wanting to keep abreast of developments in Virtualisation (I've mostly done packaging till now) I need to have something of a "playground"

I'll be setting up a server to run a number of virtual servers / clients. ( The hardware I'm looking at now would alow for about 8 VM's, this would include a SBS for my company stuff and 2 packaging machines)

Since my current client has been looking at Microsoft I thought I'd start by testing App-V. Now, having read abit online about Softgrid sequencing, the setups seem quite complicated, needing alot of different machines in a network. I'm ofcourse hoping I won't need all of em in a lab setup. Main focus of the tests would be actual virtualisation of applications, publishing and deployment if possible.

I was wondering if anyone here has any experience setting up a "home lab" for these kinds of tests, and if you'd be willing to share your experiences.

Thanks in advance for your answers.

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If you want to test the virtualization part (on the client) you don't need a server infrastructure. Load the application locally through command line, MSI (generated by sequencer) of custom tooling (like mine: google "app-v acdc").
If you want to test deployment you have to choose the deployment scenario you want to test (there are multiple):
- full management server (full options)
- streaming server (only streaming)
- configmgr 2007 r2 integrated (based of configmgr, depends if your client will use this).

There is good Microsoft documentation avaiable here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/appvirtualization/cc843994.aspx
I would start with the App-V trial guide: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/7/8/f784a197-73be-48ff-83da-4102c05a6d44/MSAppVirt45Trial_Guide_Final.docx
It helps setting up a full management server and sequences two applications and publishes it.

Hope it helps.

Ment van der Plas
Answered 09/02/2009 by: Ment
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exactly what I needed :D

Thanks alot

Answered 09/02/2009 by: pjgeutjens
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