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    Server virtualisation


    We have a teaching lab with Windows Server 2008r2 and 35 Windows 7 Pro clients.

    I'm wondering about virtualising the server to make it easier to back up, no other reason.

    My only experience of virtualisation is type-2 (VirtualBox, running Windows under linux and MacOS), but I'm looking into type-1 hypervisor virtualisation for my server.

    Does anyone know if there is any really big advantage in running a hypervisor like Xen, over just running a bare-bones linux install with VirtualBox?

    Thanks

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    I have run both Xen and VBox. I prefer VBox because it gives you better control, especially over resource utilization.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    So you would recommend a minimal linux install, and run virtualbox? Thanks.

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    So...finally got this working.

    I used VMWare Player as my virtualisation host, because VMWare have a free program which can take a physical server and produce a VM from it. Worked like a dream, and completely free since we're a non-profit organisation.

    My Windows Server 2008 machine is now cloned and running successfully in Linux.

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