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Old 08-19-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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Please suggest a good software for virtual machines


Hi guyz!!!!!!!!!
I need to create a virtual enviornment on my machine as i have to configure my college webserver and host its site there as my minor project... so i need to know everything before i do it there on the server.. so i am planning to install 3-4 virtual machines in my laptop so that i can experiment with the apache tomcat application. I m using Fedora 9 with Gnome enviornment on 2.6.25-14 kernel build for i686 architecture. My laptop specifications are 1.6 Ghz, 768 MB RAM(256+512)
 
Old 08-19-2008, 01:36 PM   #2
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Hi guyz!!!!!!!!!
I need to create a virtual enviornment on my machine as i have to configure my college webserver and host its site there as my minor project... so i need to know everything before i do it there on the server.. so i am planning to install 3-4 virtual machines in my laptop so that i can experiment with the apache tomcat application. I m using Fedora 9 with Gnome enviornment on 2.6.25-14 kernel build for i686 architecture. My laptop specifications are 1.6 Ghz, 768 MB RAM(256+512)
3 or 4 virtual machines, on a 1.6GHz laptop, with 768MB of RAM? Good luck...your performance will be dismal, if you can get it to work.

If all you need is Apache Tomcat, why install it on a virtual machine at all? You can just install it under FC9, and easily have multiple sites/domains under it. Having copies of the config files isn't a big deal, and just needs an apache restart for the changes to take effect.
 
Old 08-19-2008, 03:04 PM   #3
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With 2 GB of ram on a 3Ghz machine, I got acceptable performance for 4 Virtual Machines..

I guess it all depends on your definition of 'good'


virtualbox
Xen
vmware-server

I'm sure I forgot one or two...
 
Old 08-19-2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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With 2 GB of ram on a 3Ghz machine, I got acceptable performance for 4 Virtual Machines..
Wouldn't 2GB RAM on 3Ghz be essentially 4 times the machine of 768 MB RAM on 1.6 Ghz?
 
Old 08-19-2008, 05:08 PM   #5
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Hi guyz!!!!!!!!!
I need to create a virtual enviornment on my machine as i have to configure my college webserver and host its site there as my minor project... so i need to know everything before i do it there on the server.. so i am planning to install 3-4 virtual machines in my laptop so that i can experiment with the apache tomcat application. I m using Fedora 9 with Gnome enviornment on 2.6.25-14 kernel build for i686 architecture. My laptop specifications are 1.6 Ghz, 768 MB RAM(256+512)
Do you actually need them running side by side?

vmware-server is probably the easiest one for you to install/configure and get up and running. If you are using this for testing, its probably best to just use one VM and set up virtual hosts with tomcat with different appbase for each hostname.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 08-19-2008, 05:15 PM   #6
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http://www.vmware.com/download/server
If you want to run 4 virtual machines at the same time then your performance is going to suck badly with only 768MB, though maybe if you don't run a GUI on the virtual machines you might be OK.
 
Old 08-19-2008, 05:16 PM   #7
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From what I understood he won't be running all virtual machines at the same time. He just want to experiment with tomcat on 3-4 different OSes.

I would suggest VirtualBox. It's not that difficult to configure. In fact take a look at the following guide. It will be a good start.

How to install Ubuntu Linux on Windows using VirtualBox
 
Old 08-19-2008, 06:55 PM   #8
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Wouldn't 2GB RAM on 3Ghz be essentially 4 times the machine of 768 MB RAM on 1.6 Ghz?
exactly my point..
 
  


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