Virtual Domain, server and Network!

Virtual networking
Virtual Server
VMware vSphere
Hi all, I would just like to find out, which VMWare product I should use when I want to create a virtual Network using Windows Server 2008 and a domain. I want other computers in our workplace to connect to the domain on the Virtual Machine (Server)... Which product should I take? It is only for an evaluation period. Should I take vSphere, Workstation or what? And another thing, can I connect to the virtual machine via Remote Desktops with any user's username and password and get a desktop that they would get if the logged onto the computer, like in a network? I have tried VMware Player to do this, but the connected PC's doesn't show the VM, and I cannot Ping the VM from any PC's connected. I have been told by IT companies that Workstation or vSphere will do the best on a windows 7 system (as a host) We have contracted a builder to start building our Server Centre and the building will start next month. Currently in our workplace there are 5 PC's that needs connection to one central point. I want to have all of them connected to a Virtual Machine running a server on my Windows 7 PC.... I have explained this to the IT company and they said get Workstation or vSphere. Please help me decide on which VMware product I should take to get a virtual network, server machine and connect my real PC's to the Server's domain? Thanks.

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VMware, windows server

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Wow, you leave me with so many questions, its almost impossible to answer your question…..  But I’ll try.  The virtualization platform you choose will be determined by what you need now and in the foreseeable future.  Development, security, production,  These are the needs assessment you need to determine which platform is right for your application.

First off, there are differences between “workstation” and vsphere versions of virtualization technologies.  Depending on your needs, one technology my look to be a viable design platform over another.  The two platforms you hypothesize over, workstation and vsphere, offer the capability to run tertiary OS versions, depending on your system’s inherent capabilities like RAM and disk space, networking capabilities, etc.  The workstation version runs on top of your client OS, while vsphere is an independent OS which must be managed from an alternate, client based management tool.  I can run all versions of a tertiary OS through my vsphere server (massive disk set, 64G RAM, multiple network interfaces) from DOS, to windows (both client and server) linux, solaris and others.  Alternately from my 2008 R2 server running Hyper-V, I can run some flavors of linux, as well as all versions of Windows Server currently available.  I’ve recently begun dabbling with Server 2012 R2 in my datacenter and have the same capabilities.  
What is it that you’re attempting to accomplish with your virtualization dreams?  Are you seeking to work within the industry standard, or have you simply read a bunch of magazine articles about the future of virtualization and cloud environments?  Storage data throughput, network latency, and both server and client needs need to be a part of your overall discussion on virtualization needs.
Mike Novak
VCP/Hyper-V certified Professional

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