[CentOS] Virtualization software to install Windows as guest on CentOS 5 as host ?
Chan Chung Hang Christopher
christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Thu Feb 4 15:18:41 UTC 2010
Sergej Kandyla wrote:
> Christopher Chan wrote:
>> On Thursday, February 04, 2010 03:48 PM, Hadi Motamedi wrote:
>>> Dear All
>>> I need to install Windows as guest on my CentOS 5 as host . Can you
>>> please give me the link to download the requierd rpm package for this
>>> purpose ?
>>> Thank you
>> yum install kvm
>> Then search for virtio drivers. Redhat provides virtio block drivers for
>> Windows Vista, 7, 2008.
> What benefits may provide me the virtio drivers ?
They make use of the paravirtualized virtio framework which is orders of
magnitude faster than fully virtualized i/o.
> Also what suggestions do you have about running win2k3, win2k8 server
> as a guests on CentOS5 kvm host ?
Well, somebody said use AMD cpus because they are more stable but I have
never managed to get that validated.
> I'm interesting about disk organization for guest OS at first.
If you need performance, you need paravirtualized i/o. With a kvm
solution, that means going through virtio. I think Xen has its own
solution to this and other than this, I know nothing about vmware and
virtualbox on this score.
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