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Re: [K12OSN] Thinking about virtualization

Carl Keil wrote:
Hi Group,

Does anyone know if K12LTSP can work as a virtual server along side other
virtual servers?  It seems crazy, but I'd really like to consolidate all
my servers onto one monster (for me) box.  I'd like to include my K12LTSP
box in my migration plan, but something tells me I'm better off with
dedicated hardware.  BTW - this is for my home network.  Around 5 clients.
 Right now I'm serving off a Pentium D 1.8, gig of RAM ATA disk.  I'm
thinking of going 4 cores, SCSI, (or SATA RAID) 2-4 gigs of RAM for the
virtual server host box.  My other server functions are very light, mainly
web stuff, so a lot of the time the K12LTSP will have all that power, if I
can configure it that way.

The big reason for wanting to virtualize is you have to keep incompatible versions of things running at the same time. On a small home network that's probably not the case and you might be able to run all your services on the same system - or run the things you use less often under vmware with the centos-based k12ltsp as the host.

Also, what's the deal with VMWare server?  What's the license?  I can't
find that info on their site.  Are they the only game in town?  If I use
their free serial numbers are they going to cut me off down the line?  I
love the idea of all the turnkey appliances they offer, but I think I want
to stay squarely in the realm of FOSS if I can.

The beta releases of server had timeouts on the serial numbers but the current versions are supposed to be good forever. Eventually xen may be better, especially on the newest 64-bit processors with hardware virtualization support but vmware is a safe bet now.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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