A virtual machine (VM) is a guest Operating System running in a completely isolated environment within a normal host operating system. Modern virtual machines are implemented with either software emulation or hardware virtualization or (in most cases) both together.

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OpenSolaris vs. Debian for Xen Hypervisor VM server

all. I've just purchased a computer that I'd like to repurpose as a lab server. It's a six-core AMD processor with 8 gigs of ram (16 gig max) and a terabyte hard drive. My idea is to hose Windows, ...
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Can I get full video capabilities in Arch Linux guest on Virtual Box?

I'm trying out arch linux on my win7 host on a VB and I have it installed just fine, the problem is that when I try to use gnome-shell it goes back to fallback mode because it detects that my video ...
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Which Distro/Virtual Machine combination is fast and stable?

For numerous good reasons (you know them best ;-) ) I am willing to switch my Notebook's OS from Windows 7 to Linux very soon. However since I am an absolute Linux beginner I am not committed to any ...
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Looking for small distro (to be installed automatically, with g++ and javac)

I'm looking for linux distro only with comand line and i need in it only g++,javac,python. I found Damn Small Linux but it dont have g++ and javac. It should have it out of the box because linux will ...
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Slow response time with Gnome shell in Virtualbox fullscreen mode

Today I installed Fedora 15 in a VBox VM to try out Gnome 3. After installing the guest extensions almost everything works fine. Except for the slow response time in fullscreen mode (HOST+F). By that ...
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LXC container network/routing issues

I have been experimenting with LXC virtualisation in order to run virtual machines on a dedicated server, but am having trouble setting up the networking properly. I am using veth bridged networking, ...
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XenServer how can I shrink the virtual drive of XenServer domU?

How can I shrink the virtual drive of XenServer image?. I gave 300Gb of space for one image (domU) and that was mistake. Now I want to shrink it. How can I do that? The system is already set up and ...
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KVM guest machine graphics problem

I'm new to KVM. I use the following way to create and start a guest KVM machine. qemu-img create -f raw centos.img 100G /usr/libexec/qemu-kvm -hda ./centos.img -cdrom /usr/local/CentOS_5.6_Final.iso ...
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Xen on openSUSE 11.4

I have done a few installs of openSUSE to use as a Xen dom0 and have not got it working yet. These are the steps I followed: Installed openSUSE 11.4 from Live KDE CD. Installed all updates via ...
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Linux - LXC; deploying images with tiniest possible X11

is it currently possible to setup LXC containers with X11 capabilities? I'm looking forward for the lightest available X11 container (memory-wise), hardware acceleration a plus but not essential. If ...
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CentOS on HyperV - eth0 not in ifconfig?

I've launched a CentOS install in HyperV and assigned a NIC the same way I've done on an Ubuntu VM, however, the device simply isn't picked up. Only my loopback is found by ifconfig. How should I go ...
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What are some alternatives to virtualbox

I have a lot of trouble lately installing on a box that i can't reboot or change the kernel. Is there any other package that supports gre tunnels (if the os supports ) that i can run on linux? ...
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Running Linux virtual machine guest on Linux Host

I have a machine running Debian Linux (stable), but I'd also like a Debian unstable box to use as a sandbox to test and develop. Is there an easy way to create a virtualized Debian unstable machine on ...
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Virtualization solutions under OpenBSD

I use "OpenBSD as my Desktop OS". What are my choices to run a Linux Distribution, or a Windows (XP/7) in a Virtual Machine? I know that the following apps are not available for OBSD: VirtualBox ...
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Multiple dom0's on a single Xen host?

I've recently been researching Xen, and this has come up as a quistion for me. Is it possible to have more than 1 dom0 running on a single Xen host? The reason I ask is that this is very similar ...
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Coreboot + QEMU Tutorial Request (Google has failed)

Can anyone point me in the direction of an end-to-end idiot-proof coreboot+qemu tutorial? I'm having trouble understanding how qemu is set up to emulate different hardware (also having trouble ...
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AES-NI not passed to guest in Virtualbox

I'm trying to use encryption inside a virtual machine. The problem is that the AES-NI doesn't seem to be passed to the guest virtual machine. I have Vt-x enabled. This is my host cpuinfo: processor ...
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Using a LVM partition as a Virtualbox drive

Is it possible to use a LVM partition as a Virtualbox disk? I can't find any option to use a device as a Virtualbox disk, only disk images.
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Using mplayer inside kvm/qemu

Is it possible to use mplayer inside kvm/qemu configuration? What video driver should I use? The only driver that worked was sdl and it was super slow. EDIT: I just found out that VirtualBox works ...
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How secure is Ubuntu in Virtualbox on Windows host?

I have the most recent version of Ubuntu in Virtualbox on Windows 7 host. How secure will that be? I mean if I get malware on windows how will that affect the Ubuntu system I am working on?
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Virtual machine hangs when trying to login after beeing idle for som time

I'm using Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run a linux virtual machine, but after some time I can't login to it -- not from the instance on the localmachine or ssh in to the machine. Both give the same ...
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qemu no boot device found!

I am trying to set up a Linux x86_64 virtual machine on a 32bit Linux computer and I've been told aqemu's Wizard is a good option. I can follow the wizard steps, but when I try to start the virtual ...
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How can I install a 64bit Linux virtual machine on a 32bit Linux?

I've got a computer (Intel core i5) with 32bit Linux installed (ubuntu 11.04) and I would like to install a 64bit Linux virtual machine on it so I can test 64bit command-line applications on it.
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Choosing virtual machine software on Linux

There are many virtual machine software out there. Even some are included into mainline Linux. What differentiates them, and what criteria should one ponder while choosing one?
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What is Dom0 and how can one use it?

I have heard that Xen is now fully included into mainline Linux, and is usable via Dom0. Bare with me: I'm no expert on virtualization, let alone virtualization on Linux. What is Dom0, what is its ...
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How to create a “jailed” environment for an application under Linux?

Using Ubuntu 11.04 as a Desktop OS, I want to reach "bigger security" with a "jailing" processes: VirtualBox, Google Chrome, Firefox, VLC, PDF/djvu reader, MP3 player, wine, pidgin, transmission, ...
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Install virtual machine as non-root?

Is it possible to install any virtual machine software as non-root user and run it ? Which VM's are possible to be installed with out need of root access ? If it is not possible what would be the ...
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Virtualbox, mounting guest directory on host computer

Is there a way to mount a directory residing on my VB guest (linux) on my host (linux)? I know I can do it the other way around with the shared folders feature on Virtualbox, but is there a way to do ...
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How do I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit Debian/Ubuntu?

I have a 64-bit (amd64 a.k.a. x86_64) Debian or Ubuntu installation. I need to run 32-bit (i386/i686) programs occasionally, or to compile programs for a 32-bit system. How can I do this with a ...
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Strange encoding in Slackware

I am a student and learning about operating systems, I was modifying a file using vi, when I accidentally did something (I don't remember what) that change the codification/encoding and now this is ...
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Reading a filesystem from a whole disk image

I ran these commands: VBoxManage clonehd d6b9f0a5-98df-48ca-83c8-91a0809ec349 --format RAW Debian.raw sudo dd if=~/.VirtualBox/HardDisks/Debian.raw of=/dev/sda5 When I try to mount the partition, I ...
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Xen/KVM/LXC for testing packages

On Debian Stable, I would like to be able to create a new instance of the OS, use apt-get to install some Unstable packages with dependencies, then cleanly delete the whole thing when I'm done. ...
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Does LVM impact performance?

I have to migrate a few servers to Linux, and one important aspect that I need to evaluate is that my new host system must have elastic storage capacity. Naturally, doing some basic research, I came ...
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Clustering Servers to run one vm

I am looking at clustering about five machines and I wanted to get some opinions about what is the best way to go about it. I'm wanting to run one VM over the five machines, firstly I want to ask, 1: ...
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What's causing VirtualBox OSE to hang my machine?

I'm using VirtualBox OSE and recently, when I run Ubuntu 10.10 on it, my machine tends to hang, forcing me to hard-reset it (not good). How do I start finding where the problem is? Here's the last ...
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What are the differences between various VM software?

I have only ever used VirtualBox and I would like to know, for example, what could I be missing from other offerings. I have heard of KVM and VMWare and I'm sure there's others. Short of reading ...
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Is it 'possible' to transfer a VM to the metal?

How can one take a VM and make it run on the machine?
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Attach terminal to X desktop running in VM

At home I'm setting up a CentOS 5.5 server that will be running a bunch of KVM VMs. Normally pressing the CTRL-SHIFT-Fn combination on the attached keyboard switches to terminals on the host machine. ...
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No core dump on Ubuntu on a Parallels shared folder

I have an application that I'm working on, and I'm having trouble getting a core dump when it segfaults. In fact, I'm having trouble getting real core dump files at all. A simple test case will ...
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Is PowerVM a full operating system? (And other clarifications.)

I have a few things that I was hoping someone with more experience could clarify in regards to using PowerVM (specifically to virtualise via LPARs AIX). So here is what I think I understand regarding ...
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Find out if the OS is running in a virtual environment

Is there any way to find out if the OS I'm running (actually installing) is running in a VMWare machine. I need to disable ntp settings if the automated install is done on a virtual machine but keep ...
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Mount windows Users directory as /home in linux virtual machine

I'm setting up a laptop for a friend and I'm going to put linux on it in a virtual machine and I want to make it as seamless as possible. I've mounted the \Users\Username directory in a VM before and ...
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Windows 7 Dual Boot + Virtualization under Ubuntu 10.04?

Question: I currently have a dual boot: Win 7 x64 Pro & Ubuntu 10.04.1 x64. Is there a way to boot Win 7 as a virtual machine under Ubuntu without reinstalling anything, in addition to ...
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Linux as virtualisation host and client performance under Core i7?

(to skip the details, jump to last paragraph) A few months ago I built what I thought was a beefed up box with an AMD Phenom II X4 955, 8 GB DDR3 1333 mHz RAM plus a nice motherboard (can't remember ...
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vcenter server on Linux?

I am working with VMware and preparing a vcenter server on a Windows server. I would like to know, how good is vcenter in linux - has anyone tried it? I would like to work with Ubuntu server, unless ...
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Good tutorial for setting up a KVM/Xen box and advice on which would be better

I've got a dual xeon, 2GB, 75GB hd server that I'd like to turn into my dedicated virtual environment. Currently I'm using VirtualBox locally to run a mock cluster for Cassandra and Nginx/Haproxy, ...
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What does a “OVM reboot” mean? [closed]

What does this term mean?
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Good distro for a VM?

I want a lightweight Linux VM that I can run with VirtualBox on Windows so I can test how to deploy PHP apps, Mono apps, etc. I don't need the UI and was thinking of going with the Ubuntu server ISO. ...
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Configuring the display properties on openSuse (Gnome) running as VirtualBox VM

I just created a VM using Suse Studio and I built just a simple openSUSE 11.3 VM based on the gnome template. I have not added any other software (except for Firefox and the Kernel modules, to be able ...
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What is the best way to do GUI development on a server machine?

This is a server at home. I have 3 computers running Linux and they are all servers running dedicated tasks like MySQL/Samba, Web Server and DNS/DHCP. Is it be a good idea to host a virtual machine ...