Category: Virtual Private Network


VMware is a specific software package designed to allow businesses like yours to set up a virtual network of computers within the same organization so that those computers can share the same physical resources. The computers do not have to be at the same location in order to gain this benefit.

Essentially, you are setting up a virtual machine. That’s part of a computer system that acts like a regular physical desktop.

By doing it this way, you can conserve server space, back up space, storage, and if the system crashes for any reason, VMware will assist you in your recovery efforts.

Here’s what you do to set up VMware using the Virtual Machine Wizard:

  • Double click the Workstation icon on the desktop. Alternatively, you can click “Start” under “Programs.”
  • Enter your serial number.
  • Click “File.”
  • Next, click “New,” then “Virtual Machine” to start the wizard.
  • Select whether you want to install the typical configuration or custom. Most businesses can get by with the typical install. Click “Next.”
  • If you selected “Typical” in the previous step, choose your settings for the virtual machine.
  • Then you’ll have to select the number of processors for the virtual machine and click “Next.”
  • Finally, you’ll see a menu of radio buttons that will allow you to choose your networking capabilities. Make your choices and click “Finish.”

It really is that simple to set up VMware using the Virtual Machine Wizard.

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A virtual private server is not really anything new. But the name is relatively new. The concept, however, has been around since the early days of computing.

VPS – virtual private server – is a computer that is set up and partitioned so that it contains more than one operating system and server on one mainframe. Large businesses have been splitting their mainframes for decades, running separate operating systems and applications on the different parts of the computers for greater efficiency and management. But the Internet has allowed VPS to be offered as a service and because of the advent of cloud hosting, that’s precisely what is going on.

Through the Internet, a company can lease its own virtual private server and use it for whatever it wants. It is just like having a dedicated server except that the “dedicated” server sits on the same hardware as other “dedicated servers.”

By leasing a virtual private server, a company can have the same benefits as a dedicated server at a lower cost.

A virtual private network is a relatively new creation. It serves the same purpose as a wide area network (WAN), but it’s a lot less expensive to maintain. That’s why many large corporations with multiple offices across great distances are migrating to the use of VPNs (virtual private networks) for communicating and file transfers.

Reporters Without Borders relies on a VPN for an anti-censorship shelter designed to help dissidents and residents of restrictive regimes who want to use the Internet to speak out freely about abuses in their governments. In order for this type of network to work there must be certain things in place to provide the benefits to its members, namely:

  • Security – The virtual private network must be secure enough to keep out nonmembers and, in the case of Reporters Without Borders, those with abusive tendencies;
  • Encryption – Messages sent through the VPN, because they rely on the public Net, must be encrypted as a further security measure;
  • A Cloud – Because the virtual private network exists within a public network and because it connects multiple nodes, routers, servers and computers, information shared between its members is, by nature, “cloud-like”;
  • A Manager – Someone needs to look after the virtual private network to ensure it maintains operational significance and provides the expected benefits to its members.

Unlike a wide area network, a virtual private network doesn’t rely on cables. It relies on the public Internet and uses tunneling technology to allow members to send encrypted files and information from computer to computer across great distances. I don’t think you can get any more cloud-like than that. But the question that begs to be asked is, Where is the network hosted?

That’s where the manager comes in. Companies and organizations with the budget can host their own. However, many companies are relying on outside hosting companies to set up dedicated servers, managed servers or other other hosting anomalies to manage their internal VPNs.

In the future, if your head isn’t in the cloud then it isn’t attached to your body. Today is the day for virtual private networks, and size doesn’t matter any more.