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Old 12-15-2007, 08:31 AM   #1
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Is it better on dual boot,trible boot,quad boot rather than virtual machines?

Is it better on dual boot,trible boot,or quad boot rather than virtual machines?
why ?

what is the best solution for multi-operating system environment ?

can I install mac osx on my pc ?
Old 12-15-2007, 08:49 AM   #2
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Virtualization do have very positives aspects, but in the end, it all depends on what the user/company goals are.

If you make your question explainning what are you trying to achieve, you'll get better answers for that answers.

If you have a system with good amount of ram (512+), enough amount of disk, and you're just interested in testing things without to much trouble, then, it is better just create a bunch of virtual machines. Also, if you're planning to have several operative systems so you can control those from a single access point, and you don't want to spend money in that kind of equipement, then, virtualization is for you...

If you want to try how a system will act with the hardware of your machine however, then, virtualization is NOT the best choice because virtual machines are created with emulated hardware, the only thing that is token actually from your current hardware, is the CPU and ram.

If you're planning to have only linux installed for example, but, you want to play games in windows to not to install cedega or wine, then, virtualization is not you best choice because the lack of directx and other things in the virtual machines.

If you're asking about install Mac OSX in a virtual machine in your PC, yes, it is possible, I'm not really sure about specs needed. If you're trying to install Mac OSX in the PC and not using VMs, then it is possible to do that using hackintosh. About this two subjects, you can find more information through the osx86project.

So, if it's better virtualization or not, it depends on what your goals are.

Old 12-15-2007, 11:47 AM   #3
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I'm in the same boat with the same questions, so I'll throw my $.02 questions

We are a windoz house w/ 4x '03 servers (file server, exchange, DC, DHCP, DNS, firewall and an 'extra' that's used for trouble shooting.
The M$ is all due or getting due for upgrade and I'd like to minimize my M$ footprint. All these tasks should be able to be done by Linux if I can learn how.
We can't eliminate windoz on the front end, just too many applications that are M$, but getting rid M$ servers should be possible.

That and the servers are bored 99% of the time so I'd like to downsize my hardware too as well as adding a MythTV system.

So my plan is to take the main file server (the one with all the disks) and turn this into a lean NAS that's running VMware.
I'm using the 'last CAD' station as the setup/transition/Myth server - the first linux box.

I'm trying to set up this machine w/ FC6, mythTV, VMware and desktop apps.

On this box I'd get virtual servers running which will initially be the Windoz Exchange and File servers. These will continue windows Domain Controller services for now. Once I get those running the main file server box (the one with all the drives) will be reinstalled with a lean FC7 & VMware. Once running shift the virtual servers off the Myth box.
This box is a Dual Xeon (32bit) and has gobs of ram (up to 16GB.)

I'd like to create virtual linux servers to take over the tasks of Domain Control, DNS/DHCP, Exchange and Firewalling. The myth server will be a fall back for VM services.

This will eliminate 3 physical servers from suckling at the power company's tit which has to be a good thing. It will also greatly reduce my need for M$.

Final goals would be to have 2 physical servers (+1x fall back), all running a flavor of Linux and handling all our back end needs, +Myth. Portable Virtual machines lean and dedicated to just the task necessary. Minimal M$ exposure on the backend, maybe eliminated all together.

Roadblocks? Errors in plan? Tips for making it work?
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Maybe Fedora is not the best choice for a production environment as it is essentially a beta for Red Hat. Although it can be quite reliable, its main objective is to test new features. Not to mention that Fedora has one of the shortest support cycles around (one year), which means that support for Fedora 6 has already been discontinued, with Fedora 7 going the same way in only five or six months . It would probably be better to choose CentOS instead, which as a Red Hat clone offers longer support and more stability. Still, you should carefully examine your needs. Emphasis on stability sometimes means that certain features don't get integrated into Red Hat / CentOS until they have been used in Fedora for more than a year.

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