K.S. Bhaskar on 28 Jan 2012 06:11:15 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] VMware Workstation 8 review

On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM, Rich Freeman <r-plug@thefreemanclan.net> wrote:
On Sat, Jan 28, 2012 at 4:32 AM, JP Vossen <jp@jpsdomain.org> wrote:
> So overall, I'm disappointed. ÂAll the reviews I've seen have been great,
> but for me and the stuff I actually use, it's either the same or slightly
> worse. ÂAnd the stuff I really wanted (easy remote GUI console) is for my
> purposes not there. :-(

Yeah, at home I've been using virtualbox. ÂIt is free so you don't
have to deal with limited features/etc. ÂNo doubt for a datacenter it
might not be the best choice, but for testing different
configurations/etc it works fine. ÂIt has the GUI, but also runs just
fine headless, and gentoo includes some init.d templates to use to
make it easy (just symlink a template initi.d and copy a template
conf.d where you set the VM name, uid, nice, etc). ÂSo, I prep VMs
using the GUI and if one is a keeper for whatever reason I just set it
up to run headless. ÂIf I forget about it and reboot the system will
pause it automatically (configurable with any of the power-off

Sometimes the modules are flaky, but I've rarely had issues with that.

[KSB] I use kvm when I want to start headless Linux virtual machines from the command line and virt-manager (http://virt-manager.org/) when I want anything fancier (like a Windows 7 virtual machine, which I boot from time to time, sometimes just to make sure it remains patched). ÂI haven't played with virsh, though I do intend to. ÂFor virtual machines I start from virt-manager, I use a spice client (http://www.redhat.com/resourcelibrary/articles/rhev-desktops-spice). ÂWorks very well for me.

-- Bhaskar

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