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almcneill 07-06-2010 03:40 PM

Virtualbox on a Server, Serving Virtual Machines
Hello all, just starting to really look at Virtual Machines. Curiosity questions:

1 - I have a server on my network, is there a Virtualbox "Server" that I can setup on it to allow network machines to start virtual machines as though virtualbox were installed locally on the machine?

2 - After searching the internet to my own question, it seems that VRDP is one possible solution, but I was looking for something a little more client/server direct (if that makes sense), is VRDP the only answer?

I'm sure that my questions sound a little vague, but I am just not quite sure how to make my fingers type what my brain is visualizing. The only thing that I can think of to compare this to would be kinda like a PXE booting, but I am not wanting to boot a diskless machine, just boot a virtual machine to a seperate screen on my desktop, as though i were running 2 different machines on one. But utilize the server for the requests.

I hope my scatter brain questions make sense to someone.

Thanks in advance,

jefro 07-06-2010 04:41 PM

1) A virtual machine is really a software version of a real computer. It is not as such a virtual server. There are virtual machine software applications that tend to be used more by enterprise companies and they tend to be termed "server" or virtual server more as a marketing name.

Can you setup a virtual computer. Yes. Can you use it in a manner that a normal real hardware server is used. Yes. It will also have network ability to that to any user it would be as real as Mother.

2) The actual display and keyboard function can be performed many ways. One is to use the VM's local host screen. One is to allow a sub-application to display servers on almost any host. One is to use a web page to display servers. One is to use common remote desktop applications.

Why not start out simple and play with them and work up a bit.

almcneill 07-06-2010 08:09 PM

Thanks for the response. VRDP seems to be the most talked about, and it is documented in their documents. I will definitely try any and all methods available. After all, thats half the fun (frustration), trying to figure it out.

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