[K12OSN] Virtualized Windows on K12LTSP

Nils Breunese nils at breun.nl
Sat May 24 14:26:41 UTC 2008

Hello all,

I have a pretty beefy K12LTSP 5EL 64-bit server setup with about 10  
thin clients attached. This is working fine, but there is one legacy  
Windows application my users need. I kept a couple of Windows XP  
installations around which they can use for this application, but I'd  
like to get rid of those machines. There have been some attempts at  
getting the application to work under Wine, but no luck so far.

I'm thinking of setting up a virtual Windows XP machine on the K12LTSP  
server. The server is a Dell PowerEdge 2900 with a quad-core Intel  
Xeon E5320 1.86 GHz (which supports Intel's VT virtualization  
extension) and 4 GB RAM. What virtualization method would people  
recommend for doing this? KVM, QEMU (+kqemu/qvm86), VirtualBox, VMware  
Server, Xen? I think Xen is the only method that's available from the  
K12LTSP/CentOS repositories, right? Plus it's open source. I have used  
VMware Server on a desktop machine in the past for testing.

Is anybody else running a virtual Windows installation on K12LTSP? How  
did you go about this?


Nils Breunese.

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