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Hyper-V vs ESXi

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Hi guys,

My server is going to perform a lot of different tasks, and I am considering to use it as a virtual-machine host, because of the easyness involved. However, I am at a point where I don't know what to install. ESXi doesn't have wireless support (don't flame, I can't stretch any cables...) and Windows Hyper-V does, however I do not know how compatible it is with Linux (mostly Ubuntu and Debian). Any experiences on this, have any tried Linux on Hyper-V? I really liked ESXi, however since the wireless support is lacking, then it's a no go.. The different things its going to get used to is:
-pfSense (for a LAN party)
- Minecraft server
- A few srcds gameservers (not a recommended thing, that's why I think i'm going to Hyper-V, as i can host thing using the actual machine, and not a virtual one only)
Edited by michael_sj123 - 11/4/11 at 8:00am
post #2 of 6
Hyper-V only supports the enterprise distributions like Red Hat. If you plan on using Linux VMs then stay away from Hyper-V, it's too hard to set up. I managed to install CentOS on Hyper-V once and I couldn't do anything since the mouse didn't work without the Hyper-V client extensions and the installer I had was graphical-only, and since I was RDP'd into the host server for some reason it wouldn't forward the keyboard to the VM.
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I installed MineOS perfectly fine on Hyper-V? Everything works as far as i can see.
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Originally Posted by mott555 View Post
Hyper-V only supports the enterprise distributions like Red Hat. If you plan on using Linux VMs then stay away from Hyper-V, it's too hard to set up. I managed to install CentOS on Hyper-V once and I couldn't do anything since the mouse didn't work without the Hyper-V client extensions and the installer I had was graphical-only, and since I was RDP'd into the host server for some reason it wouldn't forward the keyboard to the VM.

this isn't true anymore. the new version of the guest extensions were released about 2 months ago that fixed the linux mouse etc. we use it at work. it's ok... but yes before that linux guests barely worked. now it's all good.

I like qemu-kvm a lot better. one thing because it's free, another being hypervisor is a native part of the kernel. the replacement for qemu is soon to be a part of the kernel also.
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2x Apogee HD  2x RX 480 2x MCP 655 RP-452x2 rev2 (new) 
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16x Cougar Turbine CFT12SB4 (new) EK FC 580 Gentoo (host) Gentoo (x23 guests) 
OSMonitorMonitorPower
windows 7 (guest w/ vfio-pci) Viewsonic 23" 1080P Viewsonic 19" Antec HCP Platinum 1000 (new) 
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basically, hyper-v for hardware compatibility, esxi for performance (at least by design)
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Yeah. ESXi is better, but since it doesn't support wireless I can't use it.
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