I've got a much deeper question regarding VM architecture, but need to ask this first. For cost-saving as well as power-saving, I am thinking of having 3 VMs (1 Trixbox CE, 1 Windows 2008 R2, 1 Ubuntu server) run off a machine that will also be used as a workstation and storage center - I guess by now, eyebrows are raised and heads are shaking, but hear me out...
The use of the above will not be simultaneous. The machine is intended to be on for no more than 14 hours a day. For 10 hours in the day I envisage running the 3 VMs. Thereafter the 3 VMs will be shut down, and the machine will be used as a workstation for the remaining 4 hours.
The host OS will be a Linux derivative - please advise on this in conjunction with Virtualization...I only have experience with Ubuntu Server, and do know my way around the console. I would also like to make my +/-3TB of disk space (RAID 10) available in a sort of "NAS" fashion to all Operating systems (incl. VMs) and to all devices across the local network.
Firstly, what reservations do you have about this setup? And if it is possible/feasible, how should I setup (not looking for details here, just a nudge in the right direction) the Virtual Machines.
I would imagine that a lot of people ask similar questions to cut corners, but if its not possible, or unfeasible then I would have to look at an alternative setup. Looking back on my question, I realise that it is a bit silly to ask, but I cannot find any other way to ask this. I greatly appreciate your response.