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For one part of our hosting platform we are currently using VMware Server 2 to create two virtual machines on one physical machine. One VM is used for hosting of small websites, the other VM is used as a staging environment. Both the host OS and guest OSes run CentOS Linux.

Support for VMWare Server 2 has been discontinued and we are currently looking for a replacement. We only use basic functionality (we don't use snapshots, moving around VMs to different physical machines, or other 'advanced' functionality'). Just a box, with two VMs.

We are looking for a virtualization solution that has long-term support, is stable and allows configuration/management from Mac OSx (I understood that Xen only has a Windows client). What would be the right solution for us?

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closed as too localized by RobM, Iain, Smudge, Massimo, mailq Nov 28 '11 at 11:54

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I'm afraid we don't do shopping/recommendation style questions here as a rule. Having said that, if you're happy with VMWare as a whole then I guess the obvious suggestion would be to look at VMWare ESXi - with the current web-based management tools it meets your "Mac OSX" requirement, though I personally think that will be stumbling block for you with 'server quality' virtual hosts - all the ones I know have command-line tools, which you can access via SSH or whatever but tend to only have windows versions of their "friendly" management tools. – RobM Nov 28 '11 at 8:51
This question doesn't show any prior research and is likely to be killed off soon. Hell, any google search would turn up the major players and/or options. Had you for instance just checked the vmware homepage, you would've come across ESXi in an instant, like Rob said. – Roman Nov 28 '11 at 10:55
Thank you both for your advise and my apologies for the poorly stated question. I know ESXi but thought it would be overkill for my situation. I'll give it a try nevertheless. Unfortunately I want to flag this question as closed, but I can't flag a definitive answer because these are comments. I also can't delete or otherwise close this question. – vvanscherpenseel Nov 28 '11 at 11:13
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Virtualbox has a webGUI to create and modify VMs called phpvirtualbox, so that would allow you to manage your VMs from any desktop OS.

Virtualbox is backed by Sun/Oracle and used for production systems, although I don't have any experience with it.

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