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Old 06-27-2009, 12:09 PM   #1
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Virtual Machines with Linux

Hey Guys

First off I am new to Linux and fairly new to working in Networking and Server config's. I have been using Windows for years and have been learning Windows Server 2003 as I have a Technet account, I can get any MS software. I would like to learn Linux and use this as my Server environment.

My project looks like this: I have a Quad core, 8gb machine. I want to install a distro of Linux (server or desktop) and run Virtual Machines on it. My perfered way would be to use Virtual Box but I could use VMware products if that was better. I would like to run WS2003, WS2008, Linux Distro and anything else that will run in a VM. I can figure out that part pretty easily.

This is were I get stuck. I want the Linux host machine to run all these VM's and access and use them on my MAC remotely. I have done some research on ESXi as well, but I don't think my Hardware is going to support that. Can anybody help me with this project.

My exact PC spec's are:

AMD x4 940
8gb DDR2
Gigabyte MA770-UD3
2 Velicoraptor Drives
GTX 260

I will be dual booting this machine on one of the Raptors for gaming as well.

Thanks for the help.
Old 06-27-2009, 12:35 PM   #2
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all hardware are supported in Linux
Old 06-27-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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First my best wishes with u and u most welcome to the linux world.
Yes you can use vmware , now thing is there are two type of vmware
thats depend on u how u want to use it, either its windows best vmware
and linux based vmware. As u have written u are most familer with windows
and as u are new to linux so i suggest u pls go fro windows best vmware.

Firest install vmware then install linux on it. its work with very easy. Many of my clients
are uses it. pls go for it.
Old 06-27-2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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Use Xen or Vmware in Linux -that will be safer.
Old 06-28-2009, 04:18 AM   #5
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The VMware server runs on Linux much better than on Windows.

There is nothing to do with security or any security related things.

The VMware ESX, ESXi based on RedHat Linux that is why runs the VMware better on Linux than Windows.

I've been using it for 5 years so I have "some" experience in it.

When you start a Linux VMachine on Windows it takes about 1.5 times to boot it up than on Linux(CentOS).

Anyway both are good for VMware, but on Windows the VMachines could be slower.



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