Virtualization is a group of software technologies that allow abstraction between layers of a system. This allows separation between the logical layers of the system, providing isolation, flexibility, and/or the ability to run more than one at a time. This differs from most traditional systems where ...

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Hosting a ZFS server as a virtual guest

I'm still new to ZFS. I've been using Nexenta but I'm thinking of switching to OpenIndiana or Solaris 11 Express. Right now, I'm at a point of considering virtualizing the ZFS server as a guest within ...
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Are VMware ESXi 5 patches cumulative?

This seems basic, but I'm confused about the patching strategy involved with manually updating standalone VMware ESXi hosts. The VMware vSphere blog attempts to explain this, but the actual process is ...
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How to run VMWare ESX or ESXi in a virtual machine?

Can VMWare ESX or ESXi be installed and used inside a virtual machine? It can be installed inside VMWare Workstation or Server, but then it doesn't work; the main symptoms are: It runs REALLY ...
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VMware Linux Server — how can you tell if you are a vm or real hardware?

An interesting question. I have logged into a Linux (most likely SuSE) host. Is there some way that I can tell programmatically that I am a VM host or not? Also assume that the vmtools are not ...
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Can windows domain controller be virtualized?

Just the question on the title. There is any problem? Any experience on this?
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Enabling hardware virtualisation BIOS; anything to beware?

A lot of recent virtualisation tools can either make use of, or demand, BIOS support (Intel-VT, AMD-V, etc). But in most of the BIOS screens I've seen, it has been disabled by default - sometimes even ...
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How do I know if I'm working on a Virtual Machine or not?

Is there a way to know if the Windows machine I'm working on is virtual or physical? (I'm connecting with RDP to the machine. If it's a virtual machine it is working and handled by VMWare).
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vSphere education - What are the downsides of configuring VMs with *too* much RAM?

VMware memory management seems to be a tricky balancing act. With cluster RAM, Resource Pools, VMware's management techniques (TPS, ballooning, host swapping), in-guest RAM utilization, swapping, ...
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Is it possible to setup a virtual machine inside another virtual machine

I have been playing with virtual machines latley, and wondered if I could run a virtual machine inside a virtual machine? Is it possible? Is it practical?
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Combine several physical servers into 1 virtual server

The current virtualisation splits one big physical server into smaller virtual servers. But is it possible to combine several physical servers into 1 virtual server ? UPDATE: We have several ...
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Is it possible to have a 100% secure virtual private server?

I am curious if it is possible to have a VPS that has data on it that is not readable by the hosting provider, but is still usable on the VPS. Obviously there are some things that you could do to ...
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Assessment & Planning Toolkit

Is there any free tool assessment & planning for Server Consolidation, Performance counters in open source or free to use.
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Do I need to run a NTP server in every VM?

Couldn't the guests somehow inherit the system time of the host ? It seems kind of pointless to run the same daemon to get the same results on the same machine multiple times but I didn't find ...
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Virtualization: Guest in guest?

Does it make any sense to run a virtual machine with a "master" guest, and in that master guest run many other guests? Has anyone tested this? Is it even possible? Are there better ways to accomplish ...
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Creating a virtual machine in VirtualBox from a physical one

Is there any way to create a virtual machine that you can use in VirtualBox from a physical installation that you have? For instance, if I have Windows XP installed on a physical computer and want to ...
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How to zero fill a virtual disk's free space on windows for better compression?

How to zero fill a virtual disk's free space on windows for better compression? I would like a simple open source tool (or at least free) for that. It should probably write an as big as possible file ...
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What are the limits of running NTP servers in virtual machines?

I want to set up several Stratum 2 time servers on my local network. Virtual machines would certainly be a cheaper way to do this than buying three 1U servers. What limitations would doing so impose? ...
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How to monitor CPU usage and performance on a Hyper-V server with several VM's

I have a server that is running Windows 2008 64 bit Hyper-V, with 8 gigs of RAM and Intel Xeon X3440 @ 2.53 Ghz, which gives me 8 logical cores in the performance monitor on the host system. I have ...
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HP DL360p with Intel E5-2630 NUMA Capable?

I couldn't find any information via search to determine this via the Intel or HP website. Can you enable NUMA nodes on this? How can you tell the side of each node if so? Is it always best practice to ...
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Optimising MSSQL 2008 server inside VMWare ESXi

I normally run my MSSQL servers on dedicated servers, but we've taken on a client who is running their SQL Server inside a VMWare ESXi 4 host, and quite frankly it's running like crap. We have ...
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Set startup order for KVM virtual machines via libvirt?

I have some server applications failing because their virtual machine starts up before the database virtual machines. Anyway to configure libvirt to start them up in a certain order and possible ...
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What range of MAC addresses can I safely use for my virtual machines?

I want to assign my virtual machines MAC addresses so that I can configure DHCP reservations for them so that they always get the same IP address regardless of which host hypervisor they are running ...
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Snapshot/rollback for libvirt+KVM?

I've recently begun using KVM for my development/test environment on a Linux host system with 8G memory. Prior, I was using VMware Fusion for my virtual environment, but my Macbook only has 2G memory. ...
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Booting a native Windows install in Virtualbox: is it possible?

I am looking for something similiar to Bootcamp. Currently, I run Ubuntu Maveric as my primary operating system and run Windows 7 in Virtualbox. For some tasks, however, running Windows virtualized ...
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Home Virtualization Server [closed]

I am planning to use a computer to run virtual machines.I have some confusion as to which would be the best choice. VMware server (running ontop some optimized linux) : I tried this, but with an old ...
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Disk shrink does not work on ESXi guests

EHLO everyone! My first post on the StackOverflow network :) We're running some ESXi 5.0/vCenter infrastructure to host mainly Debian 6/amd64 guest systems with ext3 partitions and open-vm-tools ...
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Is it possible to obtain a copy of Amazon Linux for use outside AWS

How difficult (if at all possible) would it be run a copy of Amazon Linux on a private physical server or hypervisor (Virtualbox/KVM) ? (I am thinking something based in a office/home) I realise it ...
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Service can't connect to self using public IP, NAT problem

I have a dedicated server from serverloft.eu, but due to some network security I cannot use bridge networking on my server. So I have setup all my IPs to the main eth0, and used NAT to forward trafic ...
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Desktop virtualization

Is there currently a proper Type 1 "desktop" hypervisor? Either free or not? This is just for tinkering around at home on some beefy Phenom machines. Basically i want to be able to run say 2 OSs on ...
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Remote Desktopping from Windows to Linux

I have set up a Linux VirtualBox Virtual Machine server. From a Windows machine, I can remote desktop to a Windows VM running on that machine, it works great. I can also use VNC to remote to an Ubuntu ...
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Creating VMs (VMware) Automatically

We receive roughly 10 emails a day for new vm creations or take downs and I am wondering if its possible to create a webapp that would allow the customer to pick and choose what they need on this VM ...
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How to automatically start VM created by virt-manager?

I have created a virtual machine with virt-manager that runs on kvm/qemu. The machine works well when started through virt-manager. However, I would like to be able to start and stop the VM through ...
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Linux KVM on a Virtualbox

Can we install a KVM machine on a virtualbox machine??? Virtual Machine on a Virtual Machine I get the following error when I issue: $ virt-install –-name kvm_client1 –-ram 256 –-disk ...
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Is our planned backup strategy adequate for my new server insfrastructure?

We're in the process of setting up a new server for migrating the old ones. Basically we'll have a Windows Server (2003 or 2008) running 6+ virtual box servers (Windows and Linux development, ...
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15 to 20 developers on VM

Is it possible to run 15 to 20 developers (VS2010, and other supporting software) off of 1 VM server and is there any documentation to support this? I don't know if I'm talking about buying a 4 ...
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Debian Squeeze Hyper-V Drivers

I have a fresh Debian 6.0.0 (Squeeze) server running on Hyper-V and I'm trying to get the synthetic drivers loaded into the kernel (2.6.32-5-amd64). The research I've done says that the Linux ...
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Is Windows 7 RC stable enough for limited production deployment?

With the Windows 7 RC out today, and it being good for a year before expiring makes for a compelling argument to deploy it in limited production usage internally. I tested the Windows 7 Beta and was ...
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Can a single Virtual Core on a VM use more then 1 physical core?

I have a server running dual quad core cpu's with hyper threading. We have a Windows 2003 VM and it has a single core. when using prime95 I notice that it tops out at about 2.3Ghz (each Core is 3ghz ...
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Is it possible to span one huge VM across several physical commodity servers?

Is it possible to span one huge Virtual Machine across several physical commodity servers? Here is our use case: We need to implement a 32-processor db server with 64 GB of RAM We don't have a ...
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Advice for Hyper-v deployment on windows server

We just bought two new servers that have windows server standard 64 bit sp2 on them. Relevant Hardware: Dual Xeon E5430 @ 2.66 16 Gig Ram 6 143 GB 15,000 RPM SAS SCSI on Raid 5 for total of 544GB Hard ...
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ESXi 5.1 crashing

I got a ESXi 5.1 installation which is irregularly crashing with a error output like the following: The server has got the following hardware: Supermicro X8DTN+ Mainboard 2 x Intel XEON E5606 6 x ...
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How to export a VMWare ESXi 5 VM into a file to restore it later?

As I've bought a server it had a RAID controlleer which was not supported by VMWare ESXi 5, so I had to install it in a bare non-RAID configuration. Now as I've bought a supported RAID controller I am ...
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Mounting shared memory in XCP/ XEN Server,for storing VM

Requirement vm with 2HDD each 1gb OS will be installed on hdd 1 and required data on HDD 2 I want all my VM running on Xen Cloud Platform XCP 1.1 to use /dev/shm of host machine for HDD1. Is ...
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SQL Server wont start on my 64-bit virtualization slice

I have installed SQL server 2008 express on a 64-bit virtual box and the service wont start. Looking at the event log I get: Could not create tempdb. You may not have enough disk space ...
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Why is TCP accept() performance so bad under Xen?

The rate at which my server can accept() new incoming TCP connections is really bad under Xen. The same test on bare metal hardware shows 3-5x speed ups. How come this is so bad under Xen? Can you ...
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Difference between Xen PV, Xen KVM and HVM?

I know that Xen is usually better than OpenVZ as the provider cannot oversell in Xen. However, what is the difference between Xen PV, Xen KVM and HVM (I was going through this provider's specs? Which ...
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Best Practices for virtualizing servers onto the SAN?

Alright, so I want to start leveraging my SAN a little more than I have been, and at the same time, take advantage of ESXi. Currently, I've got an array of Dell PowerEdge 1955 blades connected to a ...
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Virtualization Pitfalls/Lessons Learned

What are some pitfalls or lessons learned after converting existing hardware to a virtualized environment? Is there anything you tried to virtualize but will never do again?
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hardware recommendations for a DIY storage system based on ZFS [closed]

Looking to make use of old server lying idle as a proof-of-concept ...here are specs Dell PE 2900: Xeon 5110 - 2P, 12 GB RAM, 8x 300 GB 15K drives, Perc 5i+256 MB cache what additional h/w would be ...
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Are production servers running as virtual images a good idea?

What are the risks of running a production web server and database in on a virtual server? Currently we are thinking of using VM Ware server. It seems like a nice solution that will lead to easy ...