[CentOS] Virtualization - what do You recommend?

Greg Bailey gbailey at lxpro.com
Tue Feb 2 17:09:20 UTC 2010


Les Mikesell wrote:
> I have to agree that ESXi is better, but I've had VMware server running 
> for years (mostly 1.x versions on CentOS 3.x, but also some CentOS 5.x 
> and VMware 2.x) with no surprises other than jumpy clocks.  The servers 
> have sometimes been shut down for power work but I've probably had more 
> than a year of uptime for some intervals on C3 boxes running 3 windows 
> guests.  I rarely use the vmware console though - I prefer to vnc 
> directly to the guests once everything is set up.  The one advantage of 
> Server vs. ESXi is that you can run things on the host natively if you 
> want.

I would say another advantage of Server as opposed to ESXi is that you 
don't need a Windows box to administer it.  VMware Server version 1.X 
uses a "server console" that has Windows and Linux clients, whereas I 
believe VMware Server version 2 is web-based.  VMware ESXi *requires* 
that you have a Windows machine to install the "vSphere Client".

-Greg



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