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what are alternative virt softs/guides for non-assisted Virtualization?

asked 2011-11-19 05:39:15 -0500

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I have been trying out , different distros on Virtual-Box on F15 , but virtualbox contaminates by pure GTK environment with qt4 libraries, so is there a good guide for virtualization on F16(with QEMU?) , i don't need a GUI(does virt-manager any good?),but please keep in mind i'm a virt dummy , the tut/guide must be accesible and also most importantly my hardware doesn't have virtualization support,no Intel-V :(, so KVM is ruled out.

speed is not important , i just want to try out light weight distros. it would be great if i could acess host os files(not important though). I'm not afraid of learning curve but the tools and guide/doc shouldn't be out of reach! (like 5 hrs to set-up and configure and asking 4-5 question how i screwed up here) , so if it is not possible for average joe to live without virtualbox , just say yes and save me time.

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answered 2011-11-19 10:53:13 -0500

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updated 2011-11-19 12:13:08 -0500

Virtualbox, VMWare Workstation/Player/Server, QEMU, User-mode-linux etc fall into one category of VM - they're hosted within an existing OS, such as windows or linux.

Xen, KVM, VMWare ESX, fall into a different category - they're hypervisor based virtualisation stacks. They still have an OS that gets booted first, but they operate at a fundamentally different layer.

As to which one suits you best, it depends on what want to do with them. If you want to run VMs on your workstation, for development or testing purposes, then one of the hosted platforms (Virtualbox, VMWare Workstation etc), is ideal.

If you actually want a dedicated server environment for production systems, then you should be looking at the second category of systems, as they offer more advanced features which you may want down the line (server pooling, shared storage, live migration, high availability)..

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mether gravatar imagemether ( 2011-11-19 12:23:20 -0500 )edit

I have no idea what you are looking for then. There is a short Qemu guide and a longer virtualization guide and more in If you have read through them and still have questions, just ask and be specific

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2011-11-19 12:37:00 -0500 )edit

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