[SATLUG] what is the best virtual machine?
toddwbucy at grandecom.net
Mon Jun 14 16:18:27 CDT 2010
I am currently experimenting in this area. I have tried Virtualbox and
love it for desktop virtualization. Usually i run XP on Virtualbox on
my mythbox so that I watch movies with netflix. I have also used it
with success on my T60 to run various flavors of BSD, Linux and windows.
That said when I tried using Virtualbox for server virtualization i have
found it very much lacking in guest performance. I/O delays are usually
pretty high and the system in general becomes unresoponive when runing a
domain controller, a file server, a xp guest and an win7 guest. Mind
you this is on a quad core (Q6600), with 6 gigs of ram and a perc 5/i
card with a raid 5 1.5tb.
now I have switched to a "real" virtualization by going with a KVM
solution. At first I tried Proxmox (highly recommend for noobs, very
easy install Browser driven KVM solution). now I have moved on to
Ubuntu's KVM solution which utilizes Virtual-manager (VNC console
management rather then Browser). Of the two KVM solutions I prefer
using a VNC solution over a browser solution as the browser solutions
shown remarkable improvement over VirtualBox when it comes to guest
IMO use Virtualbox for running that a vm or two of windows in a Linux
environment (or vice versa) and use a KVM solution for server
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