[CentOS-docs] new page? - Virtualization/Install MS WindowsXP as a CentOS5/Xen guest

Fri Apr 17 18:34:15 UTC 2009
JohnS <jses27 at gmail.com>

On Fri, 2009-04-17 at 11:53 -0600, Ed Heron wrote:
> > On Thu, 2009-04-16 at 16:49 -0600, Ed Heron wrote:
> >> I don't see a How To, on this wiki, specifically designed to address the
> >> task of creating a Microsoft Windows XP virtual machine as a Xen guest 
> >> under
> >> CentOS 5.  Many of the concepts are covered in
> >> http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Xen/InstallingHVMDomU, but it appears to 
> >> leave
> >> some things to the reader.
> >>
> >>   I (EdHeron) would be willing to make the attempt at a page to focus on
> >> this task.  It could be HowTos/Xen/DomU-WinXP-Install.
> > ----
> From: "JohnS"
> Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 10:52 AM
> > That really sounds interesting.. Are there still problems with Upgrading
> > Service Packs when running Windows as a Guest? I through out Xen because
> > of that reason. If problems still exist what's the work around involved
> > in doing it and is it worth it?
> >
> > JohnStanley
>   I haven't updated my WinXP install source to SP3, yet.  I have been 
> running a WinXP guest on a Dell PowerEdge 2900/CentOS/Xen host for about a 
> month and a half.  After I installed WinXP-SP2, I installed SP3, IE7 and 
> subsequent updates.  
How funy this may sound I was told at a VM Ware conference to 
c:\slipstream the SP3.
>   We (the company I work for) have about 60+ older workstations (1.6Ghz/512M 
> to 1G RAM) that just barely run what we use.  Looking at brand name 
> workstation replacements (eg. Dell Optiplex), we'd spend about $800 per 
> workstation to replace. 
Not trying to be sarcastic but Wall Mart is 400.00 - 600.00. I have to
say I have gotten several from there for smaller businesses.

You need to have a look at VMWare ESX and check the memory overcommit
features of it. I be willing to bet you could run maybe 20 VMs.