VMware Server, also known as VMware GSX Server, was a virtualization platform developed by VMware, Inc. It allowed users to create and manage multiple virtual machines on a single physical server. Each virtual machine operated as an isolated and independent instance of an operating system, and users could run different guest operating systems on the same physical hardware.
VMware Server provided a way to consolidate multiple physical servers into a single server by virtualizing their workloads. This helped improve server utilization, reduce hardware costs, and simplify management. Some key features of VMware Server included:
- Hardware Virtualization: VMware Server used a type 2 hypervisor, which means it ran on top of an existing operating system (host OS). It provided hardware virtualization capabilities that allowed guest operating systems to run on virtual hardware without needing dedicated physical hardware.
- Isolation: Each virtual machine operated in its own isolated environment. This isolation ensured that the actions and processes within one virtual machine did not affect other virtual machines on the same host.
- Snapshot and Cloning: VMware Server allowed users to take snapshots of virtual machines at specific points in time. Snapshots could be used to revert to a previous state if needed. Cloning functionality allowed users to create copies of virtual machines for testing or replication purposes.
- Networking: VMware Server provided networking features that allowed virtual machines to connect to the host network and communicate with other virtual machines and physical devices.
- Remote Management: Users could manage virtual machines remotely using a web-based management interface. This made it easier to monitor and control virtual machines from different locations.
- Guest OS Support: VMware Server supported a wide range of guest operating systems, including various versions of Windows, Linux, and other operating systems.
It’s important to note that VMware Server has been officially discontinued and is no longer supported. VMware has transitioned to other virtualization solutions, including VMware vSphere, which offers more advanced features and capabilities for businesses and enterprise environments. Users interested in virtualization should consider using VMware’s more current offerings or exploring other virtualization platforms available in the market.