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Date:      Mon, 18 Dec 2006 19:03:26 -0600
From:      Jonathan Horne <freebsd@dfwlp.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD as VM host OS?
Message-ID:  <200612181903.26955.freebsd@dfwlp.com>
In-Reply-To: <4586ADC2.9030807@networktest.com>
References:  <4586ADC2.9030807@networktest.com>

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On Monday 18 December 2006 09:03, David Newman wrote:
> This page compares various virtual machines:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_virtual_machines
>
> Unfortunately it appears very few support FreeBSD as a host OS.
>
> I would greatly appreciate advice, anecdotes, or cautionary tales of any
> VMs that:
>
> - run on FreeBSD (amd64 or x86) as a host OS
>
> - run *nix guest OSs at or near native speed
>
> "You really need <some other OS> as the host OS" is a perfectly valid
> response too.
>
> many thanks
>
> dn


partially afraid of being flamed, but im sure most will understand, but when i 
recently downsized my operation into virtual machines on a single host, i 
chose linux with the free vmware-server.  vmware offers any type of 
networking set up i need, as well as consoles over the web or applications 
(in linux or windows), and on top of that, vmware server has full sets of 
vmware-tools that will control freebsd guests perfectly (ie, when i call 
shutdown on the host, each guests shuts down properly as the host waits for 
each one).  i have 5 (production) separate servers running as guests, and 
they run well enough that i cant really even tell they are virtual.

i really think bang for the buck, linux/vmware is the way to go for a 
production level VM setup.

cheers,
jonathan



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