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I have some old hardware (2 XeonDual Cores with 3 Ghz, not sure about the exact model) where neither VMware ESXi nor Xen Server can be installed. A full Linux and something like VMware Server would work, however VMware Server is end of life. So, are there any real alternatives, therefore some non bare-metal virtualization software, that offers a good remote administration? Maybe even a complete linux distribution just for this use case?

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You can still use VMWare Server even though it's end-of-life... Much in the same way that your old server hardware is end-of-life. You know the risks and incompatibilities of running a server that's five processor generations behind. I don't see those risks as being any worse than using virtualization software that is just as old. Plus, KVM won't run on that hardware. –  ewwhite Sep 20 '12 at 12:37
    
Install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and use VirtualBox. –  MikeyB Sep 20 '12 at 12:47
    
The problem I see with EOL is more a security concern, not about features \: –  stefan.at.wpf Sep 20 '12 at 13:24
    
@MikeyB: For virtual box there is some kind of remote administration missing \: –  stefan.at.wpf Sep 20 '12 at 13:25
    
Eh? SSH into server. Use vboxmanage CLI or GUI via X11 forwarding. Boom - remote administration. –  MikeyB Sep 20 '12 at 13:58

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Check out KVM might be a good alternative for you and use something like Virt-Manager to manage your virtual machines.

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KVM won't run on that CPU generation. –  ewwhite Sep 20 '12 at 12:39
    
Ohh really? I didn't know that, but that is good to know thank you –  JMeterX Sep 20 '12 at 13:10
    
Virt-Manager didn't look bad, but as KVM doesn't run on this old hardware - sad \: Thank you anyway :-) –  stefan.at.wpf Sep 20 '12 at 13:25

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