Originally Posted by Equinoxx
I have a home server running on centOS 6.3
Intel(R)Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
4GB DDR2 ram
320GB hdd for OS only
2TB file storage
2TB backup storage
Thanks for the info. so many people ask questions and provide nothing substantive to work with.
I want to run a virtual machine in a bridged network mode so these machines will be seen on my home network as actual hosts.
Does KVM/VirtualBox have built in virtual network adapters or would setting up a network bridge require 2 network cards ?
Yes you have virtual network adapters. No it does not require having two NICs.
or can it be done both ways ?
Yes it can be done both ways, But there's prolly no need for you to be concerned with that really.
Basically, you could configure your guests to use the *other* NIC, but that NIC would indeed need to be taken up by the machine (ifup'd and ifconfig'd w/a route - just like your first NIC).
Think of it like this. if you had an eth0 and an eth0:1, eth0:2, etc... Then you're host would have different IPs, on potentially different subnets w/their own routes/gateways, etc.
Bridging is much like that - so no, I wouldn't recommending that you bother with an eth1 and using that for your VMs - unless you know that you have a reason to do so
I'm open to any suggestion or useful insight on this.
Okay then, why don't you simply install VirtualBox for starters. That should be exceedingly simple. Then, create a guest or two, each w/256 or 512MBytes RAM or so just to play.
You really can't hurt anything (Just don't give up more than 1GB of your system RAM to these VMS okay, you don't want to starve your host).
Make sure that in your BIOS you've enabled virtualization
And although you can configure your guest VMs to use your DVD drive, I recommend you install the guests from a virtual CD/DVD drive where you mount the iso files.
Here's a good iso file that is small enough to d/l and do an install with: http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/...86-netinst.iso
Just place it somewhere on your HDD and tell VirtualBox that's the iso you want mounted as the CD.
You really can't blow anything up so have at it.
Once you've mastered that then move on to KVM and Xen. Your experience w/ESXi should carry you the rest of the way and I think you'll find VirtualBox exceedingly similar to what you see in your vSphere client
I hope that helps!