[K12OSN] Virtualized Windows on K12LTSP
peter at scheie.homedns.org
Sun May 25 14:54:53 UTC 2008
I have one site, a small office, running K12LTSP-EL5, where they have one
Windows app they can't live without. I installed VMWare Server and an XP Pro VM
and then installed the app in that. The users then run the VMWare console to
get to the app. I had tried, briefly, installing the app under Wine, but
something, I can't recall what, didn't work quite right; I didn't spend too much
time on tying to make it work. Under VMWare, it's been fine, although I don't
think they ever have more than one person at a time accessing the app. But it
does work just fine via thin client. I'm not wild about VMWare not being in the
'free as in speech' category; but at the time, Virtual Box's networking was too
much of a pain to deal with; and I just didn't even think about Qemu at the time
(this was a while back). If I were to do it today, I think I might try the qemu
route just because it seems less complex (but that's just speculation).
Nils Breunese wrote:
> 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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