I need a bit of advice on how to set up my developer machine.
I have ordered the following desktop:
Quad Core Q9400 (2.66 GHz) 8GB Crosshair XMS2 19" Widescreen monitor. 15" Monitor (which I already have) 2 x 500GB SATA (7200 rmp) 512MB ATI RADEON HD 4350 PCI EXPRESS
It should be a bit of a monster!
I'm going to use vmware workstation with the following configuration:
Host OS Vista Ultimate 64bit (kept clean) Running on HDD1
Developer VM with Vista Ultimate 64bit (Will run VS2008, SQL Server Express 2008, SVN and any other dev tools I need) Running on HDD2
XP PRO VM Running Office/iTunes/Photo's etc Running on HDD2
Cut Down Version of XP for browsing Running on HDD2
Backup Strategy: I'll back up my VM's periodically onto HDD1.
Can anybody give me advice about this setup.
How much memory should I allocate each VM?
How much processing power should I allocate each VM?
How much disk space should I allocate each VM?
Should I change the OS's I'm using?
Should I change the app's I'll be running on each VM?
Is my machine going to have enough power to run all this properly?
My main motivation is to have my host OS boot as fast as possible and my Development VM to be as power full as possible.