[Chugalug] Linux VM Host Choices

Joseph Simoneau joseph.simoneau at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 23:24:34 UTC 2014

I've just noticed weird behaviors when you're actually using virtual
networks, especially in routed mode.

It almost seems like there's a firewall that I can't find a way to control
and that limits access to VMs, seemingly regardless of any virtual routers
you've set up.

It mostly came up when I was building a small virtual NAS to test btrfs...
when the VM was on a bridged adapter or host only, all was well. When I did
it any other way, scanning and connecting (from the host) behaved as if
there was something blocking NFS and iSCSI, but not ssh, etc., even with
iptables off, regardless of virtual routers.

I also could just have been missing something, but it wound up a lot more
of a pain than doing the same thing with a physical L2/3 switch, which
doesn't seem ideal.

On Mar 14, 2014 6:49 PM, "Matt Keys" <mk6032 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> The statement "it forces some choices that seem suboptimal once things get
> big or odd" has peeked my curiosity. Would you mind elaborating on that,
> particularly what you mean by big or odd?
> Regards,
> Matt
> On 03/13/2014 09:35 PM, Joseph Simoneau 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
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