Top 10 Linux Virtualization Software

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux Scalability, Linux Virtualization, Networking, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Security, Solaris, Storage, Ubuntu Linux, UNIX, vmware, Windows server, xen last updated December 31, 2008

Virtualization is the latest buzz word. You may wonder computers are getting cheaper every day, why should I care and why should I use virtualization? Virtualization is a broad term that refers to the abstraction of computer resources such as:

  1. Platform Virtualization
  2. Resource Virtualization
  3. Storage Virtualization
  4. Network Virtualization
  5. Desktop Virtualization

This article describes why you need virtualization and list commonly used FOSS and proprietary Linux virtualization software.

How To Convert From a VMware Image To Virtualbox Image

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Hardware, Howto, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Linux Virtualization, package management, Tips, vmware, Windows, windows vista last updated December 22, 2008

VirtualBox is a virtual emulator like VMWare workstation. It has many of the features VMWare has, as well as some of its own.

I really like new Opensource VirtualBox from Sun. It is light on resources. Here is a quick tip – you can convert a VMware virtual machine (image) to a VirtualBox machine (image) using qemu-img utility, without reinstalling the GUEST operating system

Download of the day: Oracle VM

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, High performance computing, Linux, Linux distribution, Linux Virtualization, Networking, xen last updated December 7, 2007

Virtualization is the process of abstracting computing resources such that multiple operating system and application images can share a single physical server, bringing significant cost-of-ownership and manageability benefits. Through its Oracle VM product, Oracle offers scalable, low-cost server virtualization for heterogeneous applications.

Oracle VM is free server virtualization software that fully supports both Oracle and non-Oracle applications, and is three times more efficient than other server virtualization products.
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How to: Install and Setup XEN Virtualization Software on CentOS Linux 5

Posted on in Categories CentOS, High performance computing, Howto, Linux, Linux Virtualization, RedHat/Fedora Linux, xen last updated October 18, 2007

Xen is a free open source software virtual machine monitor for Intel / PowerPC architectures. It is software that runs on a host operating system and allows several guest operating systems to be run on top of the host on the same computer hardware at the same time (just like VMWare software). Luckily Installing and managing XEN is quite easy under CentOS 5 Linux.

Connect VMWARE Server using Webbased Management Interface at 8333 port

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux, Sys admin, Tips last updated May 1, 2007

The VMware Server Web-based management interface is installed on your VMware Server system to enable control from a Web browser.

You can download this package from VMWare site itself and install the same. Activities you can perform includes:
=> Connecting to a Virtual Machine with the VMware Server Console

=> Using the Virtual Machine Menu

=> Changing the Power State of a Virtual Machine

=> Monitoring the Virtual Machine’s Heartbeat

=> Viewing Information about Virtual Machines

=> Downloading VMware Server Console Installers (Login and Status Monitor pages only)

=> Configuring the VMware Server System (Options page only)

=> Using Common Controls

=> Start and shutdown virtual servers etc

Download web interface for vmware server

# wget http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmserver/VMware-mui-1.0.3-44356.tar.gz

Unpack tar ball

Use tar command to install a tar ball:
# tar -zxvf VMware-mui-1.0.3-44356.tar.gz

Install Management Interface

# cd vmware-mui-distrib
# ./vmware-install.pl

Just follow on screen installation instructions. Installer should start the server and default port is 8333. You need to open the same using iptables, add something as follows to your firewall script:
iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 8333 -j ACCEPT

Save and load the firewall.

Now open a webbrowser and type url:
https://your-server:8333/

Connect VMWARE Server using Webbased Management Interface at 8333 port
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