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I want to host my own webserver. Which OS do you recommend and what VM program would you use to manage it? If I understand correctly, I would install ubuntu desktop, install the VM manager like vmware player or vbox, and install centos with apache and php inside? thanks
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So you want to play with multiple VMs on one host? If you're only going to host a webpage you really don't need to setup a VM host. Just setup a machine with your server os of choice and configure web services ( Apache or IIS ).

If you want to run multiple vms on a host keep in mind to choose a processor that has virtualization support and sufficient ram for what you want to do.

I'd recommend Prox Mox if you just want to learn about virtualization

I'd also recommend VMware ESXi it's a little more polished and the full blown ESX version is what's commonly used in mass production.

Finally, Hyper-V which is easy to use. Warning; there is limited linux support short of running Red Hat.
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I want to host my own webserver. Which OS do you recommend and what VM program would you use to manage it? If I understand correctly, I would install ubuntu desktop, install the VM manager like vmware player or vbox, and install centos with apache and php inside? thanks
I presume since you're hosting at home that it's nothing particularly serious. If it is, forget all about this and go purchase a VPS from some reputable provider.

With that out of the way, I personally use KVM. It's built into Linux, works quite well, and is pretty much on par with any of the other solutions. And it's free.


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The reason I don't want to run just a straightup os install is because I find it easier to just back up the VM file since it's only one. Am I crazy to think running ubuntu desktop and installing vmware server to run ubuntu server inside of it is a good idea? I could then backup the vm os via flyback to my external drives. What do you propose?
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The reason I don't want to run just a straightup os install is because I find it easier to just back up the VM file since it's only one. Am I crazy to think running ubuntu desktop and installing vmware server to run ubuntu server inside of it is a good idea? I could then backup the vm os via flyback to my external drives. What do you propose?
Sure, running VMs locally is nice for many reasons, easy backup being just one of them.

Though I'd still give KVM a shot since you'll already have it installed.
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Is KVM pre-installed with ubuntu desktop? Easy enough to configure like vmware server? thanks for responding
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Is KVM pre-installed with ubuntu desktop? Easy enough to configure like vmware server? thanks for responding
On Ubuntu? OK... They have a nice guide for it.
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Thanks for that, is it straightforward to back up too? Kind of off topic, I'm sending this to my cousin cross country. Is there a "sysprep" tool (windows) but for linux? I would like him to be able to setup his own administrator password, network settings, and all that on his end without any of my settings from my workbench to carry over. thanks!
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On a desktop level vbox is nice because well, its free, and you can run your VM's headless.
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For server stuff, I prefer openvz and the like (i think kvm and zen are more or less similar). You get better performance than vbox/vmware because the hardware isnt emulated, but you are limited to linux guests.
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