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Old 02-16-2011, 07:44 AM   #1
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Question Linux host with windows guest virtual box


Greetings,

The company I work for has a remote windows server which is giving them a lot of headhaches, they are running a virtual box with linux and a LAMP enviroment on top of that. On windows, they run windows server and a few other apps.

I told them it would be best to go the other way around, using Linux as the host and leave windows in a virtual box. However, they want to know if it's possible to access the windows system graphicaly, if the only access to the linux server would be SSH.

So the question is, can this be done? Windows in a virtual box comming out of a SSH only Linux?
 
Old 02-16-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
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of course. a virtual server will look and behave like any other machine on a network given a suitable configuration. Generally you would just bridge the internal network to the outside world, and you'd not have a clue that its a vm.
 
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I think you would need to test this before you make it worse.
Really the headache needs to be detailed. I think it unlikely that your solution of swapping host and client would be a good choice. I would never do that unless I could describe the problems and knew that I HAD to do that. Window or linux in my opinion are equal in their ability to host or be a client in a VM scenario.

A real computer and a virtual computer are virtually the same (no joke intended).
 
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Well, the main problem is inestability, windows keeps hanging when installing updates, and it's overall unreliable. Plus, most of our work in it is done under a LAMP enviroment, on the virtual box, so it makes no sense running on top of windows.

We are aming at Linux for stability. But for one application or two, we need windows in a virtual box. I'll mention this again because it's the only way I'm not sure off: we don't have an X server on linux, it's accesed exclusively through the terminal (SSH); is it still possible to use windows on the virtual box like that? graphically and all?.

Thank you for your input.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 09:33 AM   #5
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For a while I had a netbook running Slackware 13.1 running a VirtualBox VM running WXP Pro and displayed the VM's screen over the 100 Mbps LAN on a good spec workstation running Slackware 13.0 in a X window (the VM's screen, not Slackware 13.0!). For casual use it was sluggish but tolerable; for Outlook it was almost unusable.
 
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Well, the main problem is inestability, windows keeps hanging when installing updates, and it's overall unreliable. Plus, most of our work in it is done under a LAMP enviroment, on the virtual box, so it makes no sense running on top of windows.

We are aming at Linux for stability. But for one application or two, we need windows in a virtual box. I'll mention this again because it's the only way I'm not sure off: we don't have an X server on linux, it's accesed exclusively through the terminal (SSH); is it still possible to use windows on the virtual box like that? graphically and all?.

Thank you for your input.
As I mentioned above, virtualization need have no impact whatsoever on the capabilities of the guest machine. Networking is not affected (unless you deliberately make it so)
 
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Excellent, thank you everyone for your help. I'm now digging more into it and heading in the right direction.

Much appreciated.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 04:01 PM   #8
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I don't think this makes sense.

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Plus, most of our work in it is done under a LAMP enviroment, on the virtual box, so it makes no sense running on top of windows.
On a properly provisioned server running a VM it would make no difference between the VM client running some program or the host running the program. It may be that you need to look into the server. It may be not fully vm supported or have some functional problems. Memtest may be a place to start. May have to adjust bios settings to failsafe or default. May have heat or psu issues or other driver issues.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 05:35 PM   #9
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I think I wasn't clear. The server is (was actually) a Windows box, inside windows we had a virtual box with CentOS in it. Now, windows locked up not once, but several times while performing it's updates, leaving the server inaccesible for several ours.

We switched to Linux where we don't have to deal with that kind of nonesense.
 
  


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