[CentOS] Virtualization - what do You recommend?

Rob Kampen rkampen at kampensonline.com
Wed Feb 3 21:54:57 UTC 2010

Max Hetrick wrote:
> a arias wrote:
>> Over the last year I have worked with Xen, KVM, VMware ESX and Sun 
>> VirtualBox. VirtualBox is my recommendation, hands down.
> I think this is too vague of a opinion on virtualization use. I think it 
> depends on what you're doing with it.
> VirtualBox is a nice piece of software for desktop/power user use, 
> however, ESXi and ESX are geared more towards enterprise and business 
> critical use.
> So, it kind of depends on what you're going to be doing with it.
> Regards,
> Max
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Agreed - it does depend. I have little experience with Xen, VMware / 
ESXi or KVM.
I do use VirtualBox on production servers running instances of WindozeXP 
running mssql server for some very specific client/server apps and have 
found that I can do a complete setup on a headless server remotely with 
little hassle. Getting the screen resolution and mouse sorted out did 
require loading the VirtualBox Guest Additions. The networking side was 
also painless, the only item I struggled with was making the WinXP 
server visible on the windoze client's network neighborhood - in the end 
I added the WinXP server IP address to the clients lmhosts file - this 
actually made a lot of sense - as now those clients that do not need the 
sql server access do not even see the Linux hosted WinXP.
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