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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How to route traffic from a VirtualBox VM only over a VPN?

I've got a VirtualBox VM (both host & guest Ubuntu Maverick). My VPN provider uses OpenVPN to setup TUNs. I'd like to set things up so that traffic from the VM only goes over the VPN and is just ...
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How to create a Hyper-V Internal network

I have a Windows 2008 server running multiple Hyper-V guests. I want to create a Hyper-V "Internal" network. So far, I cannot get anything to communicate. I created the Internal network adapter in ...
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Tuning Open-iSCSI initiator settings for VM LUNs

I have a bunch of VM servers running Xen VMs from iSCSI LUNs mounted in the Dom0 host via Open-iSCSI. It's just a simple single-path setup (redundancy is on the target side via clustered storage and a ...
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How to get Linux udev to play nice with Hyper-V IC synthetic network driver

I managed to get the Debian 6.0.1 to work with the Microsoft Hyper-V synthetic drivers, thanks to this question. However, if I don't remove the entry for the synthetic ethernet card from /etc/udev/...
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Moving Vmware Workstation VM to another host causes reactivation

I need to find a solution for developers using virtual environments with VMWare Workstation 7. We develop in different and incompatible environments. Presently almost a week is lost when modifying a ...
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Why do I need to assign static ip address to the bridge and not to the physical interface? [duplicate]

I have bond0 with two physical interfaces in it. Normally I used to assign static IP address to this bond0 to set up internet connectivity on the server. Now, because of LXC virtual guests, I had to ...
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VMware is so slow that is useless, this is normal?

On my desktop computer I have VirtualBox, and i can run a lot of concurrent VMs, up to near native speed. On my server, that is twice as powerful than my desktop computer, I have debian+VMware server ...
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Why use a type 2 hypervisor?

I have a question about type 1 and type 2 hypervisors. Type 1 runs on the bare metal, and then the end operating systems are installed on top. This seems to me like the most logical way to build a ...
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Is it realistic to run Windows Server 2008 with 1GB of RAM?

I am just about to "invest" in a cheap Windows 2008 VPS ($30 per month!) which comes with 1GB. Before I do that I thought I would ask if its realistic to expect a usable server with only 1GB of RAM? ...
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vCPU performance between 1 or 2 vCPU's

Within virtualisation (Predominantly VMware) is there a performance advantage using either 1 CPU with 4 cores or 2 CPU's with 2 cores? Let's assume the application running on a VM can use two CPU's.
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Best virtualization server core [closed]

What is the best Virtualization server core and Why. Most people will say VMWare, but they are also Hyper-V and Xen server. Whos the best at the lower cost ? It's for production environnement, so ...
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CentOS 7 Minimal Install doesn't comes with networks scripts? Which version to use then? [closed]

I'm installing CentOS 7 as virtual machine but I'm having some problems related to network. As image shows I select Minimal Install for later add trough YUM any packages I want as for example: PHP, ...
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What is the difference between RHEV and oVirt?

When I read the wikipedia articles about RHEV and oVirt, I can't really figure out why Red Hat have both projects, as they seam to solve the same problem? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RHEV http://en....
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How do I move my production servers into a devlopment VM?

I have about 3 servers that are probably almost 10 years old, all using code what one might consider worst-practices for programming's sake. I'm terrified of making changes to the thing (production ...
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Why is Virtual PC being bundled with Windows 7 significant? [closed]

As I see it: Microsoft has always provided backward compatibility for legacy applications; As far as the end user is concerned, things won't be behaving any different from what they normally expect.
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Virtualization for hardware resiliency?

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to pool several physical servers to run a resilient virtualization environment. Our servers are getting more and more critical to our clients and we want to do ...
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What's the point of running a virtual instance?

I sometimes hear things like "we have 5 servers, with 20 virtual xen instances". Why would you do this? What advantages does this have? Is it so you get the redundancy of multiple servers from only ...
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Windows 7 x64 - free virtual machine host applications running headless

Given a machine configured with : Windows 7 64 bit a CPU that DOESN'T support the Intel hardware virtualization Are there any free, non-time-sensitive virtual machine hosts that can host either 32 ...
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Different ways to shut down a system

I was asked this question in an interview for QA position: Tell me all the possible ways you can shutdown your system. The system could be in a network. I know this question is little vague. ...
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Virtualizing Solaris 10?

What is the best way to virtualize Solaris 10 (not OpenSolaris) under Linux or OpenSolaris? I have software that is only supported under Solaris so OpenSolaris is not an option. I'd like to have ...
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What is the difference between containers and virtual machines?

I want to comprehend all that differ a container from a virtual machine. A filesystem with all operational system can be observed for both of these virtualization methods. But in a Docker container, e....
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Am I using virtio for my KVM guest?

In one of my KVM guest, when I typed the following command, I get the following /sbin/lsmod | grep vi virtio_balloon 3692 0 So does it mean I am using virtio? Update: When I type cat ...
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Migrating virtual (VMWare) workstations from AMD to Intel hardware

We're a small dev team that runs instances VMWare Ubuntu hosted on AMD x64 machines. Our hardware will be upgraded to Intel i7, but we want to continue to use the virtual images we've built. But ...
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How to find out if a Solaris machine is virtualized or not?

I have a set of machines and want to know how to find out if a given machine is virtualized or not. Any commands?
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Any guidelines to think about when considering virtualizing an exchange server?

A friend of mine's shop is considering virtualizing several of their servers, including their Exchange servers (2007) and their BlackBerry-Exchange gateway systems. The systems support roughly 150 ...
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Why do we use a OS Base Image with Docker if containers have no Guest OS?

I've just started to study Docker and there's something that's being quite confusing for me. As I've read on Docker's website a container is different from a virtual machine. As I understood a ...
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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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Windows Virtual PC and VirtualBox on the same PC

I am running Windows 7 Professional x64. Presently I am using Windows Virtual PC. I'd like to try VirtualBox. Can both virtualization platforms be installed and run on the same instance of Windows? ...
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Use or don't use virtualization for Linux Webserver?

I maintain the servers for a big webproject (java + postgres + some tools around) which is currently hosted on three machines: Machine: Mailserver (postfix), Ad-Server (lighttpd + php + openx) ...
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Virtual vs. Named SQL Instances

What are the benefits to using virtual as opposed to running multiple instances of SQL on a box?
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What should be considered when purchasing a virtual machine set up?

I've been asked for an opinion about a purchase of a blade server that should be used for running virtual machines. I have very little experience in this, so what things should be considered in terms ...
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Virtualization platform for older hardware (non Intel-VT/AMD-V)

I am trying to build a small virtualized testbed using some older Xeon-based servers that do not support Intel VT-x. In their previous use, the servers were running VMware ESX 3.5. Is there a more up-...
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What options do I have to clone a physical server as easily as a virtual machine?

We use virtual machines a great deal at my company, Hyper-V mainly but we have also dabbled with ESXi plus vCenter. Besides the traditional advantage of being able to consolidate many physical ...
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Difference between “Windows Virtual PC” and “Microsoft Virtual PC”

What is the difference between "Windows Virtual PC" (RTM released today) and "Microsoft Virtual PC"?
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Where to install ESXi so that all local drives are available to VSAN

I am currently setting up a new 3-host VSAN cluster that will be placed into production soon. (Note this is the newer "Virtual SAN" (VSAN) technology, not the older vSphere Storage Appliance (VSA) ...
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Hyper-V and AD --> recommendations for small site? [closed]

I have a dilemma about how to proceed with new AD / Hyper-V installation and would appreciate your views, experience and advice. Situation: we are a small company with single site (25 users) and few ...
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Can A Virtual Machine Be Converted to a Virtual Server e.g VMWare?

The Simple Question Can I convert an existing VM to a Virtual Server (e.g. VMWare)? I'm using Oracle's one and only awesome product, VirtualBox, and I'm trying to setup a SharePoint Farm to ...
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SQL server in VMware

Please provide your tips and best practices for virtualizing SQL Server in VMWare ESX I am interested in advanced configurations and settings. Please provide reasoning behind your recommendations ...
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Hyper-V Virtual Switches and DHCP

What is the best way to force VLAN segregation accross multiple Virtual switches? I have probably a rather complex setup going in the effort to get essentially 4 separate virtual switches. The ...
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Expose virtual machine (vagrant) to local Wifi

I've setup a local virtual machine (ubuntu 12.4) using Vagrant (www.vagrantup.com) and need to share its resources on my local wifi network. It is basically running a webserver which should be ...
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What is the best distro to host a KVM virtualization solution

I am looking for a Server oriented distro that we can expect have decent support but also offer as much as possible some of the latest features that KVM might offer. I am leaning towards Ubuntu LTS ...
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PostgreSQL database server virtualization, yay or nay?

Our former CTO (now "consultant") at some point warned his replacement about not virtualizing database servers, specifically our PgSQL database servers, but rather run them as actual, physical servers....
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Certain SQL queries performing very poorly in ESXI hosted environment

We recently set up a new machine with 8 dual-core CPUs, 20 GB RAM, and 3 1-TB drives set up in a RAID of some sort resulting in 2 1-TB drives we actually get to use (I'm not the hardware guy here). ...
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Using LVM snapshots for KVM virtual machine clones

So, I've got a pretty awesome KVM setup running now, CentOS5.5 on the host and guest domains, libvirt managing all the configuration, etc. The guest domain filesystems are stored in LVM on top of a ...
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Count number of allowed CPUs in a Docker container

My specific scenario is the following. I launch a docker container with a specific cpuset: docker run --cpuset-cpus="0-2" # ... inside that container I run a shell script as the entry point and ...
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Does LXC container performance depends of host load?

I am wondering if LXC could offer a full isolated benchmarking environment. Let's say we have 2 identical machines, with the same fresh Linux and without network connection. First machine has a load ...
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CentOS6 installation from CentOS5 box?

I am trying to build a new CentOS 6 VM from my CentOS 5 host, but it appears that something fundamental has changed between these versions: $ rpm -ivh --nodeps --nodigest --ignorearch --ignoreos --...
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Quick and clean ways to clone virtual machines

I have 2 hypervisors running. One is an ESXi 4, the other one a Hyper-V 2008 R2. My question is: What is the cleanest and easiest way to clone a machine under each hypervisor without using any ...
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good primer for Hyper-V virtualization?

Can someone suggest some good online resources for getting up to speed on Hyper-V technology? I've worked with Virtual Server, and my understanding is that they're fairly different in some respects. ...
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virtual_alias_domains - how to use different IP addresses when forwarding mail?

I host 2 web domains (domain1.com and domain2.com) on a CentOS 6.6 Linux server with 4 IP addresses. Postfix 2.6.6 accepts mails to info@domain1.com and info@domain2.com and forwards them to person1@...