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Old 07-08-2004, 04:26 AM   #1
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Linux server & emulating windows

Hi all,

I have a home server which currently uses windows and I've tried my best (XP, 2003 and 2000) but it's driving me completly up the wall. No matter what anyone says, Windows just cannot be a reliable server.

The only reason I haven't made the switch to windows is because I need IIS. I don't mean that I need ASP - I know there is an Apache module for ASP - I need a windows environment for IIS and MSSQL Server for work.

So I need to know if there's any way of emulating windows on Linux and if there's a good distro to do it on, any free (or cheap) programs to do it, etc.

Thanks in advance.
Old 07-08-2004, 04:31 AM   #2
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not to that level no. it is possible to run virtual machines like VMware, but that relies on windows itself running on that machine, which kind of defies to point of moving.
Old 07-08-2004, 11:42 AM   #3
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Hmm... does Bochs do networking?
Old 07-08-2004, 11:51 AM   #4
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Ta for the name, I managed to hit up their website and found:

Emulates an NE2000 compatible network card. On Windows NT/2000, Linux, FreeBSD, and NetBSD, Bochs will forward packets to and from the operating system so that the guest OS can talk on the physical network. Unfortunately, on some platforms the guest OS can talk to any machine on the network BUT NOT the host machine. On Windows and on systems that allow the TAP or TUN/TAP interface, there is no such limitation. Often the host machine may be configured so the guest OS has access to the internet. On MacOSX, it is not possible yet to forward packets between the guest and the host.
I've also found another emulator:

and there are a couple more that cost: win4lin and vmware


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