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Date:      Mon, 18 Dec 2006 17:47:35 -0800
From:      Garrett Cooper <youshi10@u.washington.edu>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD as VM host OS?
Message-ID:  <458744B7.9010705@u.washington.edu>
In-Reply-To: <200612181903.26955.freebsd@dfwlp.com>
References:  <4586ADC2.9030807@networktest.com> <200612181903.26955.freebsd@dfwlp.com>

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Jonathan Horne wrote:
> 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
This is assuming that you have APM setup though on the client OS? I 
agree though, vmware is a good product in Windows / Linux. Too bad they 
don't directly support FreeBSD though.
-Garrett



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