[Chugalug] Linux VM Host Choices

Mike Smith mikeosmith at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 10:57:11 UTC 2014


I like that Xen doesn't require a central server (XenCenter vs. vCenter),
but you pay for that by increasing the mgmt burden on Xen. Been very happy
with ESXi.


On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 9:35 PM, Joseph Simoneau
<joseph.simoneau at gmail.com>wrote:

> My homelab is currently on KVM, and it's alright. Compared to VMware
> workstation, the network setup is weirder and possibly limiting.
>
> If I were starting over today, I'd try ESXi (managed with workstation) and
> xen. I wouldn't rebuild with KVM because it forces some choices that seem
> suboptimal once things get big or odd.
>
> The big plus with KVM and Xen, as I see it, is that you can use Ceph or
> something like it for the datastore instead of just direct disks or a
> NAS/SAN that adds other complexities.
>
> -js
> On Mar 13, 2014 8:00 PM, "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" <shadowhunter at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I'd be split between ESXi and VirtualBox, depending on the environment
>> and software requirements.
>>
>> I haven't learned much about Xen is that, from what I remember, it
>> requires CPU virtualization instruction support, which a lot of my hardware
>> does not.
>>
>> " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured,
>> the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all
>> irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and
>> warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we’re all
>> damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG
>> episode "The Drumhead"
>> - Alex Smith
>> - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 6:58 PM, William Roush <
>> william.roush at roushtech.net> wrote:
>>
>>>  I assume you mean hypervisor.
>>>
>>> Big fan of ESXi. Management being boneheaded recently not so much.
>>>
>>> William Roushwilliam.roush at roushtech.net423-463-0592
>>> http://www.roushtech.net/blog/
>>>
>>>  On 3/13/2014 2:04 PM, Stephen Kraus wrote:
>>>
>>> Thought I'd bring this up, partially to praise Xen.
>>>
>>> I inherited a bunch of Xenservers at the new job I got, and expected
>>> trouble partially due to the very poor setup of the prior IT service
>>> provider.
>>>
>>> I could not have been more wrong. I am really thrilled with XenServer,
>>> especially after I pushed a few updates and migrated all the VMs onto an
>>> iSCSI SAN.
>>>
>>> Whats your VMs of choice?
>>>
>>>
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