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Re: [opensuse] (OT) which virtual machine that better.
  • From: "Greg Freemyer" <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:06:35 -0500
  • Message-id: <87f94c370901160806x78eca05fh56ed1e2ab67a19e0@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 9:48 AM, Arie Reynaldi Z <reymanx@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi all,

Maybe its slightly ot, what virtual machine that better, I'm trying to build
entry level vm, only with dual core with 2GB memory, no SAN, only have 2-3
virtual servers. I thought Xen that comes with opensuse or SLES is good
enough, but then I see vmware esx-i come with free and well known vendor,
also with very small requirement (cmiiw). Have anyone of this list members
have run vm (anykind) for real live servers? Would you share about
performance, managebility, etc ?

Regards,
-ARZ™-

Sent from my BlackBerry(R)

ESX-i is a custom Linux Distro that is your entire Host OS. You boot
the install CD / DVD and install it just like you would OpenSUSE.

I tried to test it a few months ago, but it has a very limited set of
hardware drivers, so you have to ensure you have a server that has
compatible hardware in it.

ie. iirc, it had no ide/sata support at all. Only SCSI, and then only
a few types of scsi controllers were supported (ie. had drivers
available).

Thus I suspect ESX-i is great production VM environment, but it is not
something you can casually test out / experiment with.

Greg
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