I figured I'd throw back in an update on my XEN/Windows environment. SMP seems to work fine for me in Windows (XP, anyway) as long as I am not running Novell's drivers. Novell's drivers cause my XP domUs to blue screen and crash. I believe it is the network driver, but hard to be sure about that. If I use the GPLPV drivers (just not the most recent version, as the network driver seems to be slightly broken in those), my XP domUs run just fine - SMP or not. Haven't tried the same on 2k3 or 2k8, but that's my experience with XP.
>>> On 2008/07/20 at 20:30, "Fajar A. Nugraha" <fajar@xxxxxxxxx> 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
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
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