[CentOS] Best way to virtualize Windows XP on Centos

Thu Feb 20 00:40:09 UTC 2014
SilverTip257 <silvertip257 at gmail.com>

On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:09 PM, Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:

> On 02/19/2014 05:05 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM, John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>
> wrote:
> >> On 2/19/2014 2:25 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> >>> When I got a server with too much RAM for the free version of ESXi
> >> that limit was rescinded in August.    ESXI 5.5 is now free for
> >> unlimited memory.  about the only restriction is max 8 CPU cores per VM.
> >>
> > Figures... I think I built those in June or so.   Anyway, while the
> > VMware console client is somewhat slicker I don't see any functional
> > reason to change back - KVM runs them just the same.
> >

I have KVM on CentOS 6.5 with three Windows development/testing VMs (WinXP,
7, 8) and a Win2k8 VM used by our tech support staff.  Each of them have 2
vCPUs.  I believe the XP VM is 32-bit and the rest 7, 8, and 2k8 are
64-bit.  Those Windows VMs are largely outnumbered by their Linux brethren
on that same KVM node, but they all run well!

Virtualizing a copy of XP, 7, and 8 was one of the best moves I made ...
enable RDP on Windows and I can jump into them with a VNC client from my
Linux desktop. :)

I installed the virtio drivers from the ISO Fedora provides ... most of
those VMs were set up many versions ago (comared to the current virtio
ISO).  They're running without problems and have been for quite some time.

> I ran (in my previous job) four Windows 2008 server VMs, two Windows XP
> VMs, and one Windows 7 VM on KVM with CentOS-5.x as the base OS.  I did
> not have any major issues .. but I did not try to do things like USB
> connections, etc.

Same here -- I haven't had a reason to tinker with USB pass through and
what not.

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