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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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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KVM on Illumos (OpenIndiana vs. SmartOS)

I'm considering virtualizing a number of guests onto a single server running a recent port of KVM to Illumos. It sounds like my two primary options will be OpenIndiana and SmartOS. The distribution ...
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Choosing between VMWare ESX and ESXi

We currently run one instance of VMWare ESX server, but want to start virtualizing more physical hardware with VMWare, while keeping the cost of VMWare licensing as low as possible. Is ESXi a good ...
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Advantages of thick provisioning of storage over thin provisioning with virtual machines

I typically use thin-provisioning of storage space when building VMs: it provides a lot of flexibility, and seems to be faster to build. The only potential definite advantage I can see is to ensure ...
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use LXC under heavier virtualization (Xen, KVM,Hyper-V,VMVare)

Is it possible to use LXC under heavier virtualization (Xen DomU, KVM, Hyper-V, VMVare) ? I would like to use it as security (isolation) tool, the ability to limit resource consumption is not priority ...
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FreeBSD jails vs virtualization performance

I'll soon buy myself a nice server (something like the quad-cpu HP DL585) for personal use (home related stuff, data-mining projects, web server and some cron jobs), and I wonder how to separate all ...
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What does ZeroVM virtualize?

I'm having a bit of trouble wrapping my head aroung ZeroVM. Let's say I want to run Wordpress. One option is to lease a hosted virtual server running VMWare, Virtualbox, Xen, CoreOS, or something ...
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Running Mac OS X on Hyper-V

I have my workstation setup with a Windows Server 2008 running Hyper-V. Now I really want to install OS X for testing purposes. Have anyone had any success running Mac OS X in an Hyper-V environment? ...
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Ubuntu inside VirtualBox is slow [closed]

I am running an Ubuntu instance on VirtualBox inside XP. Here are the details: Host: Windows XP Pro Guest: Ubuntu 8.10 Total RAM: 3GB RAM For VM: 1GB Total Video Memory: 128MB Video Memory for VM: ...
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Having Mac OS X on a XEN virtual machine

Is it possible to have Mac OS X guest on a XEN host? If yes, how? There are difference for Mac OS X Server? In particular I'm interested in the installation of a testing Mac OS X Server inside a ...
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Xen vs. VirtualBox under heavy load?

Which performs better under heavy CPU and memory usage on the virtual servers, Xen or VirtualBox?
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Setup for high availability virtualized environment

For a project I have the task of planning a high availability setup for a web shop and CMS system. However, of course the project is on a tight budget. So a high end solution might not be in the ...
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Best practice for assigning private IP ranges?

Is it common practice to use certain private IP address ranges for certain purposes? I'm starting to look into setting up virtualization systems and storage servers. Each system has two NICs, one ...
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Slicehost Alternatives [closed]

What are some good alternatives to the virtual private server company sliceshost? I would like a few alternates providers.
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Ganeti vs Proxmox [closed]

I'm system administrator in small software house. I'm going to virtualise our servers. The main reason for doing this is providing highest possible uptime, but probably it will also increase resources ...
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Why does increasing “Number of logical processors” for a Hyper-V hosted VM increase that VM's performance?

To my understanding, virtual machines (assuming Relative Weight is equal) get an equal share of the processor. When the VM is given some processing time, it shouldn't matter if the VM is seeing a ...
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Is Hyper-V a real hypervisor

According to Wikipedia, there are Hyper-V and Hyper-V server. Ok... Hyper-V server doesn't need an OS to run, so it is true Hypervisor. But what about Hyper-V inside windows2008, is it a "type 2" ?
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What KVM disk type to use?

I'm setting up a few KVM virtual guests and I'm debating which disk type to use. I haven't been able to find a good resource online that runs down the pros and cons of each. Can you help me create a ...
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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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What to change after cloning a Linux server? [closed]

Let's say I'm cloning a virtual machine containing a Linux server. What would you advice to change in the clone? I know - it's kind of vague and depends on what services ware installed on linux but ...
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Get list of DHCP clients with KVM+libvirt?

I have several VMs running on Ubuntu 9.10 via KVM+libvirt. I want to be able to find out the IP address that has been assigned to each host without physically opening a physical "console" to each ...
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Why LXC when there is linux-vserver?

I am no LXC expert, but as far as I know it is really similar to linux-vserver. If that is correct, I wonder why there is another player in the already crowded virtualization camp? What does LXC ...
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p2v v2v v2p tool from open source? [closed]

we have centos, fedora, ubuntu server and desktop we are looking for good open source tool for p2v v2v v2p and we are not using vmware here only we use xen or kvm. Same of the server shifted to new ...
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Can a Windows 7 Ultimate product key be used for virtual machines as well? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I have Windows 7 Ultimate running on my computer, and I thought I would set up a few virtual machines to help me when I ...
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Can Hyper-V run in a virtual machine?

Ok, we all know (or should know) that Microsoft's answer is a plain "NO!". But we also know that recent hypervisors can support nested/recursive virtualization, provided the underlying CPU offers ...
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Changing boot device for a QEMU-KVM virtual machine

I am trying to change the boot device for a VM. I go to the VM's XML file in /etc/libvirt/qemu and set <boot dev='cdrom' />. Still, it attempts to boot from the harddrive instead of the cdrom. ...
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Moving all internal servers to the cloud

Background One of my clients is an IT-dependent workflow-driven law firm with about 50 seats. They have been audited by one of their clients (an FSA regulated mortgage lender) and told that their ...
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What are the most important aspects to consider when choosing a SAN for a small office virtualization project?

I am in the process of consolidating 6 physical servers running 6 different operating system flavors (don't ask) into two identical physical servers (Dell PowerEdge 2900), using the free VMware ESXi 4....
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Does enabling hardware x86 virtualization (AMD-V or Intel VT-x) slow down my computer if I'm not running virtual machines?

Does enabling hardware x86 virtualization (AMD-V or Intel VT-x) slow down my computer? Obviously, it improves the performance if I'm running virtual machines, but what if I'm not running any VMs?
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Adding new virtual disks to a RHEL host in ESX “live”

I'm sure I've just missed which tutorial/manual page covers this, but how do you add get the guest OS to recognize that you've added new drives to it without a reboot? I have a RHEL5 guest running on ...
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Server CPU's: How much does L3 cache size matter when it comes to virtualization?

Performance-wise, how much does the L3 cache size on Intel Xeon i7 processors matter for virtualization functions? I'm picking out a Xeon 1366 Nehalem/Westmere CPU for a server I'm spec'ing to be a ...
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Technology for short-lived private VMs

I'm trying to build a system that will run short-lived (CI and test builds) of software components, it's mandatory according to my requirements that each live on a private host. I'm taking that ...
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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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Best use for old server hardware?

We're rapidly migrating to a nearly all-virtual server environment, using high-end hardware to host it on. This is freeing up a bunch of our old (but not too old) mid-range server hardware. What are ...
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Should i go native or with ESXi server?

At this moment, my server is a plain 64-bit amd, running windows 2003. I wanted to run another virtualized OS on top of it using virtualbox. Then I saw that vmware ESXi is free! I always ignored that ...
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Which Linux-Virtualization to choose for Server?

Hy, I got a brand new Intel i7 Server-System with 12GB Ram and I want to consolidate three other linux-servers onto this machine using virtualization. I want to use the harddisks (via a kind of LVM) ...
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libvirt: how can I make a domain start when the host starts?

I would like some of my domains to start automatically when my host starts (I'm using libvirt+KVM on ubuntu). I guess I could put some "virsh start..." statements in rc.local, but is there a way to ...
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Is dedicated one NIC to a virtualized DC overkill?

Host Server: Dual Xeon E5530's 24 GB Ram 4x 1GB NIC's (operating at 100MB because of 100MB maanged switch) Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Hyper-V Role + BackupExec 2012 backing up to NAS ...
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Recommendations: configuring a 10GbE NAS stack for virtualisation storage

I'll try as hard as I can to word this so it is not considered a shopping list. We have been successfully running a dev/test ESXi environment for some time, with a couple of Dell PE2950III servers ...
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Are there any benchmarks for virtual machines with and without VT-x?

Where can I find benchmarks of virtual machines running common OSes like Ubuntu or WinXP, with and without VT-x? I am using xVM (VirtualBox), but also have the option of VMWare or Xen hypervisors. ...
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Hardware requirements for 100 virtualized high performance Windows 7 desktops?

We are debating whether to add Client Hyper-V or VMWare Player Pro to new Windows 10 desktops later this year and have our developers run their developer tools in a Windows 7 VM on their local desktop....
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Why is the time messed up on my Ubuntu Server VPS?

A month back loads of services on my VPS stopped working. After messing about for an hour or so i worked out that the time had frozen. I gather it was some sort of virtualization bug and a reboot soon ...
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Linux high RAM usage for unknown reason

after searching around for this and only finding posts of people who do not interpret the "cached" figure correctly, I decided to ask this question. I have some servers at hand, which act strangely. ...
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Portable Virtual Machine Recommendation?

I want to set-up a virtual machine on a pen drive, but I don't know what VM software might be portable or if it's possible to run virtual machine software without installation. Just for starters, it ...
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Best way to “virtualize” existing system?

I have a fully patched, pristine Windows XP box and would like to create virtual machines that have the exact same setup, OS and software - just differ in disk size, available RAM. The virtual ...
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What are the advantages of using Hyper-V's synthetic drivers?

We are moving our virtualization platform from Citrix's XenServer to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2. As part of this project I need to migrate, in one form or another, some Debian Linux servers ...
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Linux-KVM networking advice?

Being new to virtualization in general, and somewhat new to Linux (using Debian Squeeze and coming from BSD) I have a hard time understanding what would be the best network bridging option for my host ...
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Virtual machine image compatibility between VMware Server and VMware Player

I'm trying to minimize the number of different product versions used on my PC's both at work and at home. So far I have a mixture of: VMware Server 1.0.7 VMware Server 2.0.2 VMware Player 2.5.3 ...
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Why doesn't VMWare DRS automatically migrate VMs when a host is put in maintenance mode?

We have 4 ESXi 5.0 hosts in a VMWare cluster on shared storage (NFS) with DRS and HA on. We want to perform a memory upgrade on one of the hosts. We put that host in maintenance mode but DRS did not ...
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Alternatives to Xen for virtualization setup

I currently use Xen in production to run a number of Ubuntu VMs (Intrepid/Jaunty). I've got another server which I'd like to set up as a VM host to run more guest OSes, and am looking for the best ...