Virtualisation Woes!

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  • Kyuuketsuki

    So here’s the thing, I have choices!

    There are, IMO, at least 3 virtual systems (and I’m talking hyper-visors) worth considering:

    These are ESXi, Xen and the new MS one. All are baremetal (or can be) i.e. the install includes hosting OS as well as the virtualisation software. The MS baremetal hypervisor is essentially a hypervisor loaded on top of a restricted version of server core but that’s OK … it works the same and I suppose they all are really.

    ESXi is the most mature and in many ways the best but lacks one thing I wanted, the ability to template i.e. convert a pre-built machine to a template and deploy a new system from it. XEN has the ability to create templates and deploy from them but configuring the ISO repository is a pain in the a*** (if I could do it all I wouldn’t mind, it only needs to be done once, but I haven’t figured how yet)! The MS hypervisor is the new boy on the block … I do not know if it can deploy virtual machines from templates but I do know it has poor legacy OS and Linux support.

    Nevertheless the MS solution is appealing because it opens the door to something I had rejected before, the idea of installing the hypervisor on top of a full copy of server 2008. A physical server offers the specific advantage of maintaining a console operable server on the network (none of the baremetal hypervisors can do much at the console).

    Yes I am an MS boy but I am also VMWare certified and the new ESXi is very like ESX in operation … but I am edging towards MS because the Linux support will come in time, they do support SuSE Enterprise so I’m guessing OpenSuSE would probably run OK and migrating my domain would be an awful lot easier since I know how to migrate DC’s in a single DC domain.

    Intriguing huh?


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