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Linux31 11-22-2006 11:31 AM

Xen vs. VMWare (free server) and FC6
 
I'm running an AMD 3800+ on an Asus A8N-VM CSM MB and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations regarding Xen vs. WMWare? I have 3 must-have WIN2000 apps. Also, I'm a beginner with Linux with only a limited grasp of the CLI.

I've done a basic install of FC6. Would there be any extra libraries or files that I need before I start?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

macemoneta 11-22-2006 11:45 AM

Right now, VMWare server is the better answer for Windows applications. If you've done a basic install, you'll need a few items to get started with VMWare (as root):

Download and install the VMWare Server package from VMWare. Don't run the configuration tool yet.

Add the linux development tools:
Code:

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
Add the Kernel headers:
Code:

yum install kernel-devel
Apply the latest VMWare patch:
Code:

wget http://ftp.cvut.cz/vmware/vmware-any-any-update105.tar.gz
tar xzf vmware-any-any-update105.tar.gz
cd vmware-any-any-update105
./runme.pl

Allow the 'runme.pl' above to replace files and run the VMWare configuration.

Linux31 11-23-2006 06:31 AM

Thanks so much for the detailed help. I'll print it out and have it next to me when I take the leap.

jin01 09-26-2007 06:33 AM

Is vmware still the better choice. I would like to run Windows XP in my box under Linux. I am currently running a setup with:

Operating systems: Fedora Core 6 with Windows XP in a dual boot senario.
Processors: 2-Intel Xeon (x86 family 15 model 2 stepping 5) 3.2GHz.
Memory: 4 Gb.
Video: Nvidia Quadro FX 1000

macemoneta 09-26-2007 09:20 AM

Yes, for ease of use and functionality, VMWare is still the better choice.

jin01 09-26-2007 12:52 PM

Which version do I use when I have FC6? How do I download it with yum? Is the VMware Server possible on a system with my specification? Also I did a full install on FC6 originally. I did remove Xen. How do I check for the prequisites mentioned earlier?

jin01 09-26-2007 03:18 PM

I ran the following commands. I thought I had development tools installed there are certainly many in the programming pull down menu. Is there another command used to check this prequisite?

[jnolo@station01 ~]$ su -
Password:
[root@station01 ~]# yum list "Development Tools"
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up repositories
livna 100% |=========================| 2.1 kB 00:00
core 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
updates 100% |=========================| 1.2 kB 00:00
extras 100% |=========================| 1.1 kB 00:00
Reading repository metadata in from local files
primary.xml.gz 100% |=========================| 97 kB 00:00
livna : ################################################## 348/348
primary.xml.gz 100% |=========================| 1.8 MB 00:03
extras : ################################################## 5830/5830
[root@station01 ~]# yum list kernel-devel
Loading "installonlyn" plugin
Setting up repositories
Reading repository metadata in from local files
Available Packages
kernel-devel.i686 2.6.22.7-57.fc6 updates
kernel-devel.i586 2.6.22.7-57.fc6 updates
[root@station01 ~]#


Thanks

macemoneta 09-27-2007 11:12 PM

If you run the following, you will see "Development Tools" in the Installed Groups section. For example:

Code:

# yum grouplist
...
Installed Groups: 
  Office/Productivity
  Engineering and Scientific
  MySQL Database 
  Development Libraries
  Editors
  System Tools
  GNOME Software Development
  Text-based Internet
  Base for rpm.livna.org RPM-Repository
  X Software Development
  DNS Name Server 
  Xine
  Authoring and Publishing
  Hardware Support
  Games and Entertainment
  Legacy Software Development
  Network Servers 
  X Window System 
  Graphics
  Web Server
  Printing Support
  KDE (K Desktop Environment)
  Mail Server
  Server Configuration Tools
  Sound and Video 
  Administration Tools
  Development Tools
  MPlayer
  Graphical Internet
Available Groups: 
  Window Managers 
  XFCE Software Development
  Virtualization 
  Legacy Network Server
  GNOME Desktop Environment
  FTP Server
  Java Development
  XFCE
  Web Development 
  Windows File Server
  Eclipse
  KDE Software Development
  Educational Software
  PostgreSQL Database
  News Server
Done


jin01 09-28-2007 10:55 AM

Thanks, found it! Appreciate your help. Still learning.

jin01 09-28-2007 10:57 AM

Oh, forgot to ask. If you had the choice would you update/install FC6 to FC7 prior to installing VMware?

macemoneta 09-28-2007 11:10 AM

Personally, I don't see any particular benefit to Fedora 7 over FC6. I was going to skip it and go to Fedora 8, released in November, though I'd wait until January for it to stabilize. After Fedora 8 is released, support for FC6 will be dropped. How you want to deal with that is up to your particular situation.

jin01 09-28-2007 11:25 AM

Thanks for the info, I'll have to consider which to do.


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