Matt Ayres on 27 Mar 2008 09:29:59 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] virtualization recommendations

brent saner wrote:
> Hash: RIPEMD160
> Matt Ayres wrote:
> |
> | I believe Microsoft VPC is free.  So is VMware Server (NOT ESX).
> |
> ___________________________________________________________________________
> further clarification,
> VMWare GSX --> VMWare Server
> but i personally have had a fair amount of problems with VMWare Server.
> I feel that if i could get Xen working flawlessly, it'd be my
> preferred VM. i haven't tried it for a while, though, so they may have
> ironed out all the kinks since.
Windows runs under Xen under HVM (hardware assisted mode).  Disk and 
network throughput sucks.  What is required to fix this is PV 
(para-virtualized) drivers to be installed in the Windows guest.  
XenSource includes these in their XenExpress (4 VM limit) that is freely 
available.  There is a effort underway to make GPL PV drivers for 
Windows.  You can grab the latest version from  I forgot the 
homepage for it.

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