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So my friend at my university was talking to me about VMs today and I realized I'm not as experienced with them as I probably should be. Based off what he was telling me, they are definately the future.

Anyways besides this, is it possible to run a home file server ,a hardware firewall router and a NAS all off one machine using VMs? Thinking of running windows home server, pfsense, and FREEnas on one machine.

If so, could anybody give me a nice couple of links to get some info on how to get this setup.

The machine I'd be using is an mid end 775 rig, should be plenty of hardware to split bettween the three uses.
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yep but remember each vm will eat away at the performance, and network though vm's is a tad slower ^_^ (not sure by how much tho heh)

But in theory yep all in one possible smile.gif
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the best, ESXi and vSphere
http://www.vmware.com/worldwide.html
can be set up easy thumb.gif
plus look out on the site for bootcamps, i am doing one this month smile.gif

have atleast 16GB RAM
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the best rolleyes.gif depends what for tongue.gif, xen very good for pci pass through ^_^ (though not played with vsphere allot smile.gif )


Dont forget about xen and qemu .. or hyper-v *cough* .. nah forget about hyper v tongue.gif
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i am setting up a virtualization lab for WMWare as you might see in my signiture with ESXi 5.0 as my hypervisor, this is more a mini enterprise level lab so have alook but dont let it deter you.. i nice rig for the ESXi server and a client running vSphere client is all you need for learning thumb.gif
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Yer there already doing that just having like 1000 vms on a server with windows 7 or what ever business software and sending a receiver hub to the clients screen so they don't even have to have the pc with them they just connect to the server and do everything on there through gigabit ethernet. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by Timbojones View Post

Yer there already doing that just having like 1000 vms on a server with windows 7 or what ever business software and sending a receiver hub to the clients screen so they don't even have to have the pc with them they just connect to the server and do everything on there through gigabit ethernet. redface.gif

Sounds like their using a product called VMware Vue. Basically thin clients. My work is doing something similar with Hyper-v. Not sure how they have 1000 clients on 1 machine, unless those clients are 512 ram...., even then. I would be he has a small cluster of machines taking care of it.
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Setting up something like pfsense or smoothwall in a VM can be challenging, but it's very doable. I'm not sure if pfsense works in hyper-v or not, but I know there is a vmware option available.
    
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well i have learned from my work doing VMs that you never EVER run just 1 computer with everything on it because when it goes down... and it will... you loose everything rather than just 1 box. its bad enough running 2 or 3 things on 1 computer but when you put all your eggs in one basket you can only guess the outcome. for a home setup i would ditch the nas and just use the built in stuff on WHS and then run a firewall OS in VM. remember to K.I.S.S or keep it simple stupid.
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the best rolleyes.gif depends what for tongue.gif, xen very good for pci pass through ^_^ (though not played with vsphere allot smile.gif )
Dont forget about xen and qemu .. or hyper-v *cough* .. nah forget about hyper v tongue.gif

I vote for Xen too. You won't get PCI passthough with socket 775 unless you are using a Q45 chipset that is vPro rated. However if you do and you have 2 network chips on the board (or an add in) you can pass one through to the VM and get native performance and speeds from the firewall/router portion. This is what a lot of professional VM clusters do (I think). Hey, you could even pass a video card like an HD5550 through and ALSO have a HTPC in there!

cyanmcleod is right. As long as you keep your VM images backed up from time to time you should be ok though.
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