On Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 8:57 PM, Tim Bearden <tim.bearden@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> If I install CentOS w/ the virtualization build, would it be a
> barebones OS?
> I don't want a GUI slowing the system down and would
> like all the hardware to be utilized by the VMs instead. For
> instance, ESXi is command line only, very basic OS install.
Then write down your priorities, and based on that, select the best
virtualization solution for you.
If you just want it to work with as little effort as possible, then
maybe you'd better stick with vmware. IIRC they still have the best
GUI, and "best" (as in least hassle, with most performance) shared
storage for live migration.
If you want something that you can tinker with, learn from, and
(possibly) replace some components as you see fit, then start with
distro that comes with bundled virtualization solution (e.g. Centos5).
Once you're familiar with that then you can start doing some
experiments (e.g. upgrading the hypervisor, testing pci passthru, and
In between those two, there's XenServer (and the opensource XCP). It
uses xen hypervisor, but with different management tools, so from
users' perspective it'd be more similar to vmware (in that you only
have access to the GUI, and everything inside can be considered a
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