[Novalug] distro choice for hosting VMware for linux challenged DR
greg at pryzby.org
Fri Aug 31 00:32:19 EDT 2007
While Xen isn't there yet, it is pretty close. the biggest thing
lacking right now are the tools, but they are coming, and they cost,
but less than VI3.
if you roll your own orr don't have have lots of $$$, xen is worth
/me dons the flame retardant suit once more
DISCLAIMER: I sell a commercial tool that sits at a level higher than
VI3 and can allow you to automate things w/ VMware and xen.
On Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 10:19:59PM -0400, John Franklin wrote:
> Yeah, ESX is built on top of RHEL3. If you're trying to run server,
> I'd go with RHEL or a knock-off like WBEL or CentOS.
> While I'm at it, I'll +1 ESX. VMWare Server can't load balance VMs
> across physical servers, ESX does so by default. The VM will see a
> short hiccup, which you'll notice as a user, but unless you know
> you've just been migrated, you're more likely to blame it on
> something else: a background process starting up or a momentary
> network glitch or the like. You need shared storage -- NFS or FC or
> iSCSI -- to do the migrations, and if users start squirreling away
> VMs " 'cause I might need it someday" then you may see your storage
> costs explode.
> On Aug 30, 2007, at 10:10 PM, Mike Shade wrote:
> >If you are looking at serious infrastructure stuff, I too second
> >the nomination for ESX, which is now VI3 (VMWare Infrastructure
> >3). This is bad ass stuff, but is its own operating system, so to
> >speak -- although RedHat Linux derived.
> >Otherwise, I would suggest running VMWare server on CentOS or RHEL.
> >I'm a little puzzled as to why you would want the VMWare hosts on a
> >domain at all. Better to keep them off the domain and just let the
> >guest servers join. Most of the administration for VMware server
> >can be done through a web console, anyway. This is no less secure,
> >and I'd argue, perhaps more secure.
> >-- Mike
> >Anthony Soucek wrote:
> >>attempting to subtly migrate the public sector toward open source.
> >>They like the idea of hardware independant DR. I am looking for a
> >>distro of linux that installs easy and runs VMWare server efficiently
> >>and securely. Have fiddled with openSuse, & fedora 8. Either the
> >>Suse OS freezes when I apply updates or fedora wont join the domain.
> >>Is there a different distro I should be using for this purpose? Is
> >>there a tutorial or rpm for vmware? plan is to run the vmware P2v
> >>converter and create virtual windows server guest to run on linux
> >>vmware hosts as DR backups for 911 services and such. I am shell
> >>challenged and any advice would be appreciated.
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