Ah, basically, I'm a little overwhelmed. I've never really worked with virtual machines before. I've installed one in Windows, couldn't get it working properly, abandonned the project.
So, I've bought a new bidding software for my company. The salesman assured me it would run on standard Windows 10 machines, no problem. I could store my data on my Linux Mint fileserver, no problem.
I asked them a few times to send me to full specs for what I needed for the installation and I finally got them this morning.
Turns out it's a little more complicated then what the salesman told me...
So the link is in french, but look under "Recommandée" (Recommended) and "Optimale" (Optimal):
https://wiki.eccsolutions.ca/display/HE ... nk-content
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L’instance SQL Constructbuy Estimation peut être virtualisée aux conditions suivantes : VMWare ESX 6.5 testé et compatible OU Microsoft Hyper-V (aucune garantie pour les autres technologies de virtualisation); Processeur: 2 coeurs de 3 Ghz dédiés à l’instance SQL ConstructBuy Estimation; 8 Go de mémoire physique 100% dédié à l’instance SQL ConstructBuy Estimation (Pour une instance SQL Server Express, 4 GB est suffisant); Système de disque(s) 100% dédié, ou très peu utilisé par d’autres machines virtuelles.
SQL Server 2016 Express;
SQL Constructbuy Estimation can be virtualized under these conditions;
VM Ware Esx 6.5 or Microsoft Hyper-V (no warranty on other virtualization technologies)
2 cores of 3ghz dedicated to SQL Constructbuy
8go of physical memory 100% dedicated to SQL Constructbuy
Raid 10 Disk System (4 disks) 100% dedicated to SQL Constructbuy
So, forget for an instant that my hardware is wholly inadequate for that, I'll buy the missing stuff later. Grrr. At least the software was technically free, I only paid for the installation&integration.
I have one small Linux Mint server that I use to store my company's data and my personal files. One drive for the company, one drive for me, and I have one spare drive I'll install for the SQL Constructbuy software. Damn the RAID 10. BTRFS will suffice. Anyway, can't have Raid bigger than 2go or 4go I think.
4 users on the network, 2 of wich may use Constructbuy at the same time.
Each workstation uses Windows 10.
My network isn't entirely 1GB yet, I'm working on it. Seems I'll have to work a little faster.
Can Microsoft Hyper-V be installed on Linux Mint? If so, any guide out there that I can read? I'm not a Linux (any distro) expert, but I can read and understand
If not, anything that can come close?
Any guide for how a virtual machine works? Written guides aren't the strongest feature of any Linux thing... Like, once it's there, do I need to install another OS like a paid version of Windows 2016? 'cause if so, I think I'll ditch Mint entirely and only run one OS for everything
Can I install Microsoft SQL Server Express on Linux Mint? I see documentation on SQL Standard (paid licenses) but nothing about the Express version for Linux. Do I need SQL Server or is it integrated in Hyper-V?
I believe an application written specifically for MS SQL Server will/may not run on any other SQL platform, am I right? If not, anything easier than MS SQL to use under Linux?
Anything else I need to know before venturing forward in this adventure?