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Re: [K12OSN] Fwd: Vmware as base for K12LTSP

I didn't want to say anything yet (and jynx my project), but I just got a new server (dual 3.6 GHZ with Hyperthreading) and VMware ESX 3.0.  My goal is to put my k12ltsp server on top of ESX.  I'll let the list know how that goes.  It basically is going to inhabit the same server as MS terminal services, Exchange, and the Linux home directory server...so it'll be a good stress test at least.  8 Gigs of ram at the moment, but going up to 12 soon.  My hope with using K12LTSP in a VM is that I can deploy new versions side by side and migrate users over after I test it.... and keep the old machine powered off as a backup.

Then I'll still have 3 other servers using VMware server as additional horsepower for other VMs.

Henry Burroughs
Technology Director
Hilton Head Preparatory School
Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2006 23:29:43 -0500
From: ssanders coin org
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Fwd: Vmware as base for K12LTSP
To: "Support list for opensource software in schools."
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On Mon, 2006-07-10 at 12:42 +1200, Krsnendu Dasa wrote:

> Is it worth running K12LTSP as a Vmware virtual machine to make it
> easier to backup and move from one server to another etc. Or will it
> add to much overhead. Are there any other disadvantages? 

Krsnendu, the VMware beta server requires 512 meg of ram for a minimal
install. If you are using K12LTSP for more than a few clients, you
hopefully would have quite a bit more ram already. VMware server can be
sluggish on graphics and I/O unless you install the VMware Tools. I
would think that the additional overhead could hurt K12LTSP performance
unless you have great hardware.

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