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Re: [Xen-users] The death of XEN by Novell

Venefax wrote:
SQL Server only runs in Windows. I am now actually learning DB2 in order to
use a Linux-based database. But of course I am not dumb to put my entire
business on a database I cannot support, yet, the way I do with SQL Server.
And the beauty is the with XEN-Windows 2008, SQL Server runs perfectly,
unless Windows crashes.

The way I see it, Xen (the opensource project) does not have an official windows PV driver. Meaning using it to run production Windows is downright silly, since you can expect reduced performance. James has created gplpv driver, which is good for testing purposes (AFAIK it works best on Xen 3.2, linux dom0). I wouldnt use it on production systems yet though.

If you want to use Windows, production environment, under Xen, your best bet (at the moment) is to try either Novell or Citrix's commercial version. Even then you need to read carefully what configuration they support. In this case, when Novell said "windows SMP using the Novell driver crashes", then the logical choice would be :
- follow their advice, don't use SMP, or
- dump Novell, go with Citrix, or
- use other virtualization technology.

Vmware provides Vmware server for free, perhaps that would be better for you.



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