I work for a company that provide services and data solutions, data warehouse. We hold the servers on our site and we develop the data warehouse for the client, and all installed internally. Some databases hold up to 350gb of data. Each client production environment differ from the other one. One of the production environments consist of: one machine with DATABASE 250gb of data and one machine with services. Machine size can vary from client to client.
I was tasked to delevelp a test environment. I have a VMWare workstation on my pc. we don't have a test machine.
Can you please suggest/advise me on how I should go about building the test environment that can take into account all different production environment. [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
Have the operations department set up a virtual server for each of the production servers with a limited storage and give you access via Remote PC log in. Then load them with sample data and go for it.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
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What is this test environment actually to be used for?
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indeed. if you are looking to create a staging test environment you will need to mimic the setup of the production environment as closely as possible. sadly, it sounds like a single VM running on your local will not be powerful enough to handle this task.
if you simply need to test your solution in a similar environment, say for functional testing, you should be able to use smaller sample/test databases. i would still press for an extra computer or two to handle the vm server side. running multiple virtual machines on a desktop computer can get sketchy performance wise.