[CentOS-virt] Vmware Server 2 and KVM....

Tom Bishop bishoptf at gmail.com
Mon Aug 16 11:22:26 EDT 2010

"I put together a simple conversion method I used at work to move from
vmware to KVM - happy t opost the instructions if needed."

That would be good I have read several things but would be nice to see.....
I'm not sure how much vmware server 2 makes use of the hardware extensions
but thought I would give it a try and see what happens....

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 10:05 AM, James Hogarth <james.hogarth at gmail.com>wrote:

> On 16 August 2010 15:55, Tom Bishop <bishoptf at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Just so you guys don't think I'm off my rocker...well not totally anyway
> ;)
> > I did come across this post in fedora forum that got me to think it might
> > work....
> >
> >
> > Currently, I have VMware Server 2.0 and KVM on the same headless machine
> > with 4G mem, AMD 4400+. It's running for a small business, therefore, I
> > don't mind the performance. However, 2 win2k advance servers on the
> VMware
> > server 2.0, 2 win2k advance servers, a XP desktop and a m0n0wall firewall
> on
> > the KVM are both running fantastically.
> >
> > I'm a fedora fan, but the PC server which I set up is running on Debian
> > Lenny (Proxmox, you guys might have heard).
> >
> > I believe that KVM is better, though, I don't have any benchmark on them.
> >
> >
> > So was just wondering if anyone had tried to do this with centos....looks
> > like I will give it a go, all of my clients are Linux.....centos of
> various
> > flavors...I'll report back what I find out...
> >
> In theory it'll work if you make sure none of your vmware clients are
> trying to use VMI ... it's when multiple hypervisors try to take
> control of the hypervisor interface/instructions of a smv/vmx CPU that
> things get messy... without VMI the vmware guests will be fully
> virtualised and not trying to make use of the HVM extensions.... of
> course that could effect performance a bit but might not be noticeable
> over a short term....
> I put together a simple conversion method I used at work to move from
> vmware to KVM - happy t opost the instructions if needed.
> James
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