I'm very new to the Virtual Machine world... recently a situation came up at my work place that i figured VM could be a good solution to.
I need to run several Windows XP instances on a single robust server - would this be something plausible to do? I want the host machine to run Linux; preferably CentOS or RedHat Enterprise.
I want to buy a very robust server such as 8x dual core processor, 32/48GB of memory... and have it run about 8 Win XP instances (each being allocated a single CPU (of the 8) and ~4GB RAM)
What software can i use to set this up? Are there "server" version of VM softwares? What is the "best" VM software for this kind of stuff (server virtualization, not workstations) How would you go about doing something like this?
Thank you for all your help. Any answers,links,articles,personal experiences and thoughts are welcome.
P.S. One last question, if one of those virtual machines happens to crash or die, will the VM software be able to detect it and re-initiate alone without having IT to intervene?