[SATLUG] Xen Server

Ernest De Leon edeleonjr at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 10:07:21 CDT 2009

If your goal is to become more marketable in the enterprise world and you
want relevant experience, you need to work with the 'enterprise'
hypervisors' out there: Citrix Xen Server and VMware ESX. Microsoft Hyper-V
is also in the same space but I'm not sure if you want to learn the
Microsoft stuff. Either way, only Xen Server and Hyper-V Server are
completely free. You can download a trial of ESX, but they do require a
license eventually. You can get ESXi for free, but it is a watered down
version of ESX and I wouldn't recommend learning on it either. Of all the
options you have available to you, I would highly recommend Xen Server
unless you can get someone to get you an enterprise ESX license. I can also
tell you that 99% of our clients have VMware ESX deployed in the data
center, while the remaining 1% is mostly Xen. I know of maybe one group who
uses Hyper-V exclusively. That's not to say that those percentages will not
change over time, of course they will, but you get an idea what the most in
demand skill set is. I think in the larger market, VMware is around 80%, Xen
is around 10% and the rest (Parallels, Virtual Iron, xVM, Hyper-V, etc.) all
share the last 10%.


On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 12:13 AM, redpill <toddwbucy at grandecom.net> wrote:

> > You have given me an idea.  I think I am going to start combining
> > machines around here too.  I think I will do xen on debian and then
> > install my firewall machine on top of that.  Now to find some time...
> >
> > Sam
> I feel you there with the time thing.  right now I am gonna stick with
> researching this out a bit more and probably begin implementing after my
> A+ and Network+ certs in December.  As I noted before my main goal is to
> learn server virtualization so as to make myself more marketable for the
> job market.  I figure that getting my mythbox virtualized is going to be
> the real challenge.  My ultimate goal is to take 6 of my boxes (2
> servers, 1 Mythbox, 2 thin clients and 1 router) all on one box.
> As for my hardware I have a dell PE840 with a dualcore xeon and a perc
> 5i but I am not sure that it is the best machine for the mythbox Xeon's
> are crap when it comes to video and graphics and the board has no PCI-e
> slots for the video card. so I may end up using my quad core.  Like I
> said I still have a bunch of research to do before I start tearing down
> and reconfiguring my equipment.
> Todd
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