[K12OSN] Virtualized Windows on K12LTSP

Peter Scheie 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?
> Thanks,
> Nils Breunese.
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