[SASAG] Virtualizing MS Windows

Lamont Granquist lamont at scriptkiddie.org
Fri Jun 8 13:23:13 PDT 2007


I haven't played with this yet, but can't you just use CentOS5 as a Xen 
Dom0 and run it non-paravirtualized on a machine that supports HVM (Intel 
VT-x)?

On Fri, 8 Jun 2007, Atom Powers wrote:
> On 6/7/07, Atom Powers <atom.powers at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Much to my dismay, the number of MS Windows only services that I need
>> to support seems to be growing. Most of them are fairly low-load but
>> because of the nature of MS Windows applications I would like to
>> dedicate a server for each application. Obviously purchasing a server
>> for each service is very inefficient.
>
> So far: six endorsements for VMware, two for MS Virtual Server, and
> one mention of Xen.
>
>> From the responses VMware seems like the right choice for me. It's
> "free" because I have only a few, low-load, applications so I don't
> need to purchase the Enterprise version.
>
> On the other side of that knuckle, running virtual MS Windows on MS
> Windows seems to me like a bad idea. If the goal is to secure against
> a MS Windows crash or security problem, making the underlying OS MS
> Windows doesn't gain you anything.
>
> Thank you all for your sage advice.
>
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