[FredLUG] Re: Virtualization for desktop users
ego.alter at gmail.com
Sat Oct 4 23:17:15 EDT 2008
On Sat, 2008-10-04 at 10:07 -0400, Paul Frields wrote:
> I'd like to have a session on virtualization for people who haven't
> tried it. I'll see if I can work up a short slide deck and some demo
> material for this purpose. It would cover:
> * How to install virtualization support where needed
> * How to choose and configure a new virtual machine guest
> * How to get virtual guests on the network
There's quite a few options out there ...
> I'll definitely include a bit on VMWare and VirtualBox, but these
> won't be a focus since they both use the "crippleware" model for their
> free offerings.
Ehhh - I don't want to impose religion here. But there are FREE (as in
beer) offerings from MS and a lot of different vendors. They're not open
source but that doesn't make them less free or less available.
That said - we have KVM/qemu as one option. I haven't played with it too
much, but it will definitely work.
> If I can figure out oVirt by then, I may show a bit
> of that for the people in the audience who want to manage large VM
> pools in the office. I don't claim to be an expert on it, but at the
> very least it would be worth exploring! In other words, the fact that
> I might not know how to do it has nothing whatsoever to do with
> whether one *can* do it! :-)
It depends on the target group. The advantage of some of the "bigger"
packages is that the approach is easier and simpler. I would definitely
recommend VMWare Server or VirtualBox to get things in an easy
understood framework, that works well for beginners.
> Peter, would it be possible to schedule the use of your projector on a
> date that works for everyone? I'm sure that Saturday would be more
> agreeable for Peter since it's very tough for him to get to Thursday
> night meetings. Would peoplel be interested in this kind of a
> presentation at a Saturday morning meeting?
I'll definitely do what I can to be there for our next Saturday meeting
and I should not have any issues bringing the projector.
As to the interest - I don't think Virtualization is a good "beginner"
subject but it's definitely where IT is going in the future and
understanding it is important.
Peter Larsen <ego.alter at gmail.com>
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