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I am currently in the process of virtualising certain processes of my media server and placing them in their own self contained machines. I have created a Mint 18.1 XFCE image in VBox and intend to deploy so as to isolate Plex and my torrent sections of my server and leave the host OS as light as possible (Win 8.1 host).

 

My question is whether VBox is reliable enough to deploy several (currently 3) VM's with a permanent uptime in mind. I am aware that VMWare can achieve this as can Hyper-V but I would like to use VBox unless it's just not feasible.

 

Thanks for any help or advice.

 

Edit: edited the title and corrected the spelling of quastion.


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No problem whatsoever, as long as the host's resources aren't scarce.
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The server has a quad core Phenom II 3.2GHz with 8GB ECC RAM. The Plex VM will be assigned 1GB RAM and the torrent VM's will be assigned 1.5GB each. XFCE uses less than 300MB RAM, leaving over a gigabyte for the torrent VM's and about 700MB for the Plex server. Due to them not running natively on the host I will be able to assign more RAM if necessary as RAM won't be a problem.

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What I would probably pay most attention to is disk activity. thumb.gif

I reliably run four VMs on my sig rig with two of them being dedicated to BOINC with 240 simultaneously running BOINC clients (attached to a non-compute intensive project) on each. 2D work is perfectly fine and I only halt these two when I am in the mood for some of the more demanding games.
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What I would probably pay most attention to is disk activity. thumb.gif

I reliably run four VMs on my sig rig with two of them being dedicated to BOINC with 240 simultaneously running BOINC clients (attached to a non-compute intensive project) on each. 2D work is perfectly fine and I only halt these two when I am in the mood for some of the more demanding games.

240 Boinc clients? I almost pity your server (I'd probably do the same given the chance :D).

 

Which solution do you use for virtualisation?

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What I would probably pay most attention to is disk activity. thumb.gif


I reliably run four VMs on my sig rig with two of them being dedicated to BOINC with 240 simultaneously running BOINC clients (attached to a non-compute intensive project) on each. 2D work is perfectly fine and I only halt these two when I am in the mood for some of the more demanding games.
240 Boinc clients? I almost pity your server (I'd probably do the same given the chance biggrin.gif ).

Which solution do you use for virtualisation?

This is all in the context of VirtualBox.

And it's not the server, it's my 3570k. tongue.gif 480 clients (2 VMs) running there with another 480 (2 more VMs) running on another machine.
The 2P server runs an additional 240 in 1 VM with the rest of it being dedicated to compute intensive projects.
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These projects aren't resource intensive? If they are like Seti I can imagine as Seti it often runs out of WU's so it's idle for days sometimes.

 

What is the uptime of these VM's?

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No, it's goofyxgridathome - the computational work takes only a couple of cycles but each WU is artificially assigned a runtime of 3600 seconds.

My longest uptime was about 25 days (with saving states on and off) but I usually gracefully restart them once in a while due to the consequences of running 240 clients... well, 481 actually.
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Fortunately I won't be doing that, I will just run three VM's that will hopefully make the server easier to manage.

 

The longest uptime I've achieved with my server was 33 days after which a power surge or brownout caused my power regulator to cut power to my router and server to prevent damage. As I don't update Windows often (once in a few months when I'm certain these idiotic bundled updates won't cause problems) I hope to achieve even longer uptime. It's funny when I see people bragging about Linux uptime when my Win 8.1 laptop once achieved three months of continuous uptime.

 

Anyway, thanks a lot for the help. I am glad I have nothing to fear by using Vbox.

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I have found VirtualBox to be perfectly fine for everyday use at home or even in the office. I don't run anything critical on it, but I also haven't had any issues with it.

Growing and shrinking of machines is very easy, snapshotting is present, disk actions (replacing, copying, growing, shrinking, converting, porting, etc) are also easily done via the manager. Performance doesn't take huge hits (at least in 2D), and the additions work for various platforms and are easily installed.
Version maintenance is also very simplified and, in my experience, hasn't caused any issues. smile.gif


In terms of OS uptime, in recent years (well, since XP tongue.gif ) Windows has stepped up in the game and I don't see why it couldn't compete with Linux.
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Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 @ 2.00GHz Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 @ 2.00GHz SuperMicro X10DAL-i nay 
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2x8GB (for now) Kingston DDR4 @ 2133MHz/C16 Samsung 840 120GB EK-Vardar F4 on an Arctic Freezer i11 Ubuntu Server 16.04 
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SeaSonic SS850-AM overrated 
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