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Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 01:06 AM

So this could be very simple or imposible, I'm not sure which.

I've done some work with Solaris 10, and I like the concept of virtualized zones. Is what i would like to do is have two zones. One for windows 7 and one for a linux distro, preferably ubuntu because that's the only one i have used for a solid period of time. I'm more than ok with learning a new linux distro if I have to though so thats not a limiting factor.

I imagine a Linux server OS would have to be the base OS and have the two mounted on top. If anyone knows a site with a tutorial, or if its simple enough to just tell me, i would greatly appreciate the help.

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Re: Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:12 AM

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Re: Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 07:22 AM

View PosttlhIn`toq, on 07 July 2011 - 03:12 PM, said:

VMware.com

What he said.
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Re: Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:03 AM

There's a few other options as well, like VirtualBox or MS Virtual PC, but VMWare is one of the best known, best supported brands out there for this.

You can use either OS as the host, and either as the VM. I don't believe that VMWare supports 64 bit VMs on a 32 bit host, so make sure that if you want 64 bit VMs you use a 64 bit host.

It shouldn't be too hard to figure out. Get the free version of VMWare, you probably don't need the paid versions for anything you're going to be doing.
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Re: Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 08:43 AM

@curtis rotland
thank you for the more in depth reply. i've only had limited exposure to cool tech as my organization mainly has...lets say less than top of the line gear.
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Re: Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:33 AM

Sun's VirtualBox is free and just as good as VMware for this kind of thing. I used to run this on a Gentoo linux base system with several OS's running virtually with no issues.
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Re: Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:44 AM

"Just as good" is a bit of a nebulous statement. They both get the job done, but they're both different. I'd suggest trying them both to see which one you like better.
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Re: Virtualization of OS

Posted 07 July 2011 - 12:30 PM

I've always preferred VirtualBox. However with the take over of all things Sun, I'm trying to get used to the idea that it one day will no longer be around.
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