Originally Posted by nyxcharon
So, back with my experiences after using this for a month or so.
1.Got my audio sorted. I originally got this pci card:
It didn't work on linux or windows, so I gave up on that. Then settled for this:
which works great. I then have a Y splitter running both my motherboard audio on linux and the usb adapter from windows into my speakers, so I have audio on both at the same time.
Seems to work out really well so far, though my overall audio output level has gotten cut because of it (somehow).
2.I have noticed the longer my windows VM runs, the worse my mouse input gets. I normally leave it on since it has it's own monitor with my setup, and about at the 10-12 hour mark it stops inputting correctly and becomes unusable. I just ended up passing through my USB ports on the front of my case and have my wireless mouse plugged into it. Works nicely.
3.Still have some issues with storage. I created a second disk for storage for my VM using virt-manager. Windows sees it and it shows up in device manager, but not in explorer. Not sure why that is. Haven't had time to work out a solution for it yet.
Overall, this is a great solution for me, and I'm pretty happy with it so far. Performance is amazing, and other then the occasionally odd bug(like the mouse) I haven't had any issues. I've been getting used to fedora over debian(after 6 years of debian) and it's been alright
Thanks for the guide, and all the help I got.!
At some point, I'd like to configure a second network adapter for both linux and windows with a static ip, and then run a samba server on linux and connect to it with the windows VM. It's really nice for transferring files, i used to do it in virtualbox with good results.
1. Glad you sorted out audio. I used the same method, though a different USB adapter.
2. I'm using a KVM and a dedicated passed through USB host for the Windows domU. So I switch between a non-passed through USB host for Linux and the other for Windows. It works great, but adds to the cable clutter.
I started to experiment with Synergy and this could be the ultimate solution, if only there weren't these issues with Youtube video and UAC admin screen in Windows. Once I find a little time I hope to make it work.
3. I've never used virt-manager to create a new storage device. I use LVM, create a PV, assign it to a VG and create a LV, but don't format it. Then just edit my win7.cfg file and add the new volume as:
disk = [ 'phy:/dev/mapper/lm13-win7,hda,w' , 'phy:/dev/mapper/photos-photo1_stripe,hdb,w' , 'phy:/dev/mapper/photos-photos_raw,hdc,w' ]
As you can see, I have 3 disks: lm13-win7 (the Windows system drive on a SSD); photos-photo1_stripe which is a striped LV using 2 physical disks (for RAID-like performance); and photos-photos_raw, a regular LV used for backup copies of my RAW photos. It works great.
I also have a Samba server under Linux and created a link under Windows to a shared directory. It also works nice, though I think the transfer speed could be better.