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Hey All,

I normally loiter in the Folding Forums ... then thought I should look around with my current question... which linux+vm works and is easiest?

We've got ubuntu 9.04 x64 server running with kvm. We're about to virtualize a test server and it needs newer packages than 9.04 can get. So if we're doing a re-install, I want to open my mind a little. My guy and I are pretty good with ubuntu ... but we're not really excited about having to update all the time.

Any thoughts? We don't really have money to spend ... the "server" is an AMD x4 with 6 GB of RAM. We've got a hardware raid controller with 4 HDDs in a raid. The os runs from 2 SSDs in a motherboard-based raid. We're good with the performance.

Thanks for any of your thoughts.
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post #2 of 10
Hey,

I would stick with Ubuntu or Redhat (especially if you can manage from the web with their interface).

Based on your needs - I would stick with Ubuntu. But I would try this too - create a test server or virtual vm server and run CentOS. And see which really works for you when upgrading.

Ubuntu you will get the latest packages though CentOS (not so latest...but will be rock solid - similar to Redhat).

You guys definitely seem be to running a nice build. Kudos

Later
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Thanks for your compliment -- and for the advice. It's easy to just stay with ubuntu, but I don't want to learn later there was something else, ya know?

Thanks for the mention of CentOS. I've got a couple of boxes to play on. I'll get the ISO on the raid so it'll be there for me to play with.
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Do you plan on adding on more VM's?

If the Host OS isn't used for anything other then serving up VM's, then it might be a good idea to move to something like VMware ESXi and having that host all of your VM's.
    
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Isn't VMware ESXi kinda expensive?
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I'm not sure if I understand OP right, but you might be looking for a rolling release distribution.
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But isn't for the rolling distribution - Ubuntu might be the ticket (it is extremely easy to upgrade), and thus reduce headaches which are involved from going from one distro to another. CentOS is a very good free option due to close stability like of RedHat releases.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sarien View Post
Isn't VMware ESXi kinda expensive?
You can get the free 60 day copy, and if you plug in the code they give you it gives you 4 vcpu/vm, 256GB/VM unlimited time license. They charge for the more advanced management such as vmotion, but that isn't necessary for basic use. Though it is a good move for when your network expands, and if you add more VM's and ESXi servers.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sarien View Post
Isn't VMware ESXi kinda expensive?
Not if you only have the one system and don't require VMs to run with more than 4vCPU...
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for your thoughts everyone! My IT partner and i talked about it today and we'll grab a spare hard drive and install the latest ubuntu LTS and see how it goes. Half the work is coming up with a checklist of what that box is doing for us know and what i want it to do after.

Oh and he's rolling out the server environment he wants to mess with in virtual rack space he keeps.

:-)
thanks,
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