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Postby gansmoe on Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:54 pm

Is there any free programs I can use to create a virtual machine? Like VMWare..
I have tried InnoTek VirtualBox, but the HD in my virtual machine is saved as a file. I need a program which can use an existing partition on my HD,

Can anyone help me with this?

Still a newbie :p

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Postby Boo on Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:56 pm

Check out Xen.
I haven't used it yet but it is part of fedora and now RHEL5.
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Postby mbrown on Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:20 pm

Mind if I ask - what's wrong with VMware Server? It's free, remarkably easy to setup on Bianca, and works like a charm.
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Postby 900i on Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:20 am

VirtualBox is the one to go for

http://www.virtualbox.org/
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Postby mbrown on Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:40 am

900i wrote:VirtualBox is the one to go for

http://www.virtualbox.org/

Wow, fantastic link - thanks. Had no idea that existed :)
I thought VMware was the only sort of thing.
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Postby 900i on Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:51 am

If you want to use it I suggest you let Automatix2 install it as it has to setup user/group permissions, you might come unstuck if you try to do this yourself if you are a newb.
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Postby mbrown on Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:52 am

Ahhh, I dunno about the other users' situations, but I wouldn't call myself a n00b. I'm just not down on a lot of server stuff. We have quite a few people in CLUG that are VMware freaks.
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Postby 900i on Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:55 am

You wont have any problems then, good look. I have it installed at the moment on my laptop. Used to have it on my Desktop and ran XP and Mandrake no problem.
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Postby mbrown on Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:57 am

Wow it seems to have way better performance then VMware right out of the box. Or maybe I'm crazy :)


I like it way better so far. Seems to have quite a plethora of features!
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Postby 900i on Thu Apr 12, 2007 4:03 am

Most people who use it comment on the speed, I think it's the "weapon of choice" with most people on this forum.
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Postby gansmoe on Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:49 am

Oh.. I did not know that VMware was free. Thanx.

Anyway. I have already Tried VirtualBox, but I could only use virtual harddrives. I want to use a real disk. This way it will be easier sharing files between systems. (not only virtual systems, but also other systems on my disk.)
Xen is also a good program, but here my problem is that I want to use Mint. And also, I'll have to format my disk to use this system.
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Postby 900i on Thu Apr 12, 2007 5:58 am

It's only VMWare Player and Server that are free.
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Postby PapiSolo on Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:35 pm

gansmoe wrote:Oh.. I did not know that VMware was free. Thanx.

Anyway. I have already Tried VirtualBox, but I could only use virtual harddrives. I want to use a real disk. This way it will be easier sharing files between systems. (not only virtual systems, but also other systems on my disk.)
Xen is also a good program, but here my problem is that I want to use Mint. And also, I'll have to format my disk to use this system.


Have a look here:
http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/OpenVPN_on_VBox
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Postby PapiSolo on Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:13 am

@gansmoe:

Have a look at this thread.

You can have both your host and Virtual machine on the same subnet, then all you have to do is share a folder and you will have your problem solved.

I would advise you not to give up so quickly on virtualbox, since I have tried qemu, Vmware player and workstation and now virtualbox. All I can say is WOW. It's free and not supprisingly, works way better. I mean honestly, the speed is amazing!!!

give it another try gansmoe!!! ;)
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