Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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?

share|improve this question

closed as off topic by Sven, Michael Hampton, Dave M, HopelessN00b, John Gardeniers Sep 20 '12 at 12:36

Questions on Server Fault are expected to relate to server, networking, or related infrastructure administration within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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 \: – Sep 20 '12 at 13:24
@MikeyB: For virtual box there is some kind of remote administration missing \: – 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

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

share|improve this answer
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 :-) – Sep 20 '12 at 13:25

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.