[CentOS] Virtualization - what do You recommend?

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Thu Feb 4 00:57:44 UTC 2010


On Thursday, February 04, 2010 01:52 AM, Pasi Kärkkäinen wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 03, 2010 at 10:14:50AM +0800, Christopher Chan wrote:
>> On Wednesday, February 03, 2010 12:43 AM, John R Pierce wrote:
>>> Rafa? Radecki wrote:
>>>> Hi All.
>>>>
>>>> I plan to use virtualization in my production environment. I plan to
>>>> use one of the following options:
>>>> - KVM;
>>>> - VMWare Esxi;
>>>> - VMWare Workstation.
>>>>
>>>> I plan to install Windows 2008 as a guest. I want to use something
>>>> like LVM snapshots for backups. Stability is also very important, the
>>>> guest will be used as a production server.
>>>> Which option could You recommend and why?
>>>
>>> does KVM in CentOS have native virtualization 'drivers' for Win2008
>>> server? if not, I wouldn't run it in a production environment.
>>>
>>
>> You can install virtio disk/net drivers. In fact, Windows 2008 supports
>> virtio disk out of the box iirc.
>>
>
> Maybe with Windows/Hyper-V host, but definitely not with Xen/KVM.
>

Yes, sorry, you still need a driver that Redhat provides for Windows 
Vista and up. No support on Windows XP/2003 though as they do not have 
any virtual i/o support.


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