[SATLUG] what is the best virtual machine?

jaret jaret at aberlorn.com
Mon Jun 14 14:56:49 CDT 2010

mark wrote:
> If you're going to be running virtual servers and need reliability, I
> would recommend you run Linux as the host and use KVM for
> virtualization. If you need to run Windows 7 on the machine you could
> just image the drive and turn it into one of the KVM virtual machines
> (you may have to run sysprep or do a repair operation on it, I'm not
> sure). This way you wouldn't have to worry about a virus or malware
> infection on the host, or the steady performance degradation that
> happens with Windows. 
Another plug for open-source proxmox (no, i don't work for them), which 
is based on kvm and adds openvz container capability. Proxmox is an 
optimized build of debian to gain all the benefits of KVM and 
virtualization and has a very easy-to-use web interface for remote 
control. I've built KVM from scratch in Ubuntu and had it all running 
but learning it took me days. I was up with proxmox within an hour, 
especially with user-friendly videos. I've run fully-virtualized KVM 
with windows or you can run an openvz container that creates a VM 
near-native, with 2-3% performance degradation. Windows on that i7 
server compiles programs faster than my laptop. I even copied the images 
from my old KVM in ubuntu to the proxmox machine and they all came right 
up, saving me lots of time.

> On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 06:13 -0500, Doug wrote:
>> Hello all SATLUG members!
>> I have a HP Pavilion, 3.33 ghz AMD 64 dual quad processors, 8 gigs RAM and a 
>> 1.5 TB hard drive.
>> It is currently loaded with Windows 7 Professional with Microsoft Security 
>> Essentials.
>> I would like to install a virtual machine on top of this operating system, 
>> and make it capable of running a Linux server distribution, keyed to 
>> handling a modrate vilume email server via Postfix.  The object is to have 
>> this machine receive email for multiple domains, scrub it for virus 
>> infections, anti-spam, etc then forward it to a Windows mail server (Imail) 
>> where users can send/receive as well as net login.
>> I would also like to set up another virtual machine on this box to host web 
>> sites, with the availibility of PHP, MySQL, etc.
>> My question is twofold:  first what virtual machine software would you 
>> recommend that would handle this task?  Second is there anyone available who 
>> is proficient in installing and setting this up, with the capability of 
>> using Webmin for remote administration, adding domains, email accounts, 
>> editing Perl scripts, and etc.  I would expect to be obligated for 
>> reasonable compensation for this service.
>> I have heard of VMware, however my experience is that it will frequently and 
>> unexpectly crash and bring the server down.
>> Thanks for your opinions
>> Doug
>> Whitedoghosting. 

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