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Date:      Mon, 18 Dec 2006 16:32:01 +0000
From:      "James Seward" <jamesoff@gmail.com>
To:        "David Newman" <dnewman@networktest.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD as VM host OS?
Message-ID:  <720051dc0612180832y28d3d545qa6bebdb7feea990f@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <4586ADC2.9030807@networktest.com>
References:  <4586ADC2.9030807@networktest.com>

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On 12/18/06, David Newman <dnewman@networktest.com> wrote:
> "You really need <some other OS> as the host OS" is a perfectly valid
> response too.

I run VMware Server on Ubuntu (one of the supported Linux host
flavours, and the only one I'm prepared to put up with), hosting
currently two Windows Server 2003 and two FreeBSD 6.x VMs on a Dell
1855 blade. While I haven't performed any benchmarks (benchmarks
inside a VM are tricky to get right) I can report no noticable
performance problems with the workload the machines have to handle.

The Windows machines are a small fileserver and a WSUS server; the
FreeBSD machines are performing spam-assassination and NFS serving.

vmware1$ uptime
 16:27:45 up 66 days,  5:17,  1 user,  load average: 0.27, 0.56, 0.54

I have a FreeBSD-based PXE server running in Workstation 5.5 on my desktop, and
have had success running FreeBSD 4.x under ESX Server 2.5.x in a previous life.

/JMS



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