[CentOS] Best way to virtualize Windows XP on Centos

Fri Feb 21 03:13:29 UTC 2014
Mark LaPierre <marklapier at aol.com>

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On 02/19/2014 03:39 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM, Frank Cox
> <theatre at melvilletheatre.com> wrote:
>> I may have a need to run some version of Windows (XP?) on my
>> desktop.
>> As this will likely be a short-term thing, and since I have never
>> used Windows, I would like to do this in the most painless way
>> possible.  A method that requires me to make the least changes to
>> my Centos computer would be nice, since I'll probably want to
>> back it out again later.
>> I have never used any of the current virtualization technologies,
>> so it's all new to me.
>> My objective is to have Window run in a window on my desktop.  I
>> don't want to dual-boot my computer.
>> I was looking at virtualbox.  Is this the best approach?  I get
>> the impression that there are special kernel modules that are
>> required for virtualbox, but if I install dkms then that will be
>> automatically handled for me whenever there is a kernel upgrade.
>> Install dkms, install the virtualbox repo, install virtualbox
>> rpms, set up image, done.  Is that all there is to it?  Would
>> something other than virtualbox be better?
>> Any recommendations or suggestions will be appreciated.
> Virtualbox will work, but if you want to stick to stock packages
> and aren't concerned about running your images on other types of
> hosts, try KVM first.
> Yum groupinstall Virtualization "Virtualization Client" 
> "Virtualization Platform" "Virtualization Tools" might be overkill
> but should have everything you need.  And then you'll find the GUI
> under Applications ->System Tools -> Virtual Machine Manager.
> If you want to give the guest VM bridged access to your NIC, you
> also need the bridge-utils package and have to move your host
> network setup to the bridge device.

Just one small point to make here. KVM will not work on a 32 bit
installation.  That's not all that important these days as most all
installations are 64 bit.

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