Virtualization is the process of using software to create a virtual resource of something; usually, it refers to hardware virtualization, the act of running an operating system (referred to as guest) inside an host system.

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What software allows the change of runtime-environment, while keeping the same kernel running?

I know that with a GNU/Linux distribution you can switch between different distributions at runtime when they use the same kernel or the kernel is compatible between 2 or more different distributions; ...
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How to use VNC for gaming?

I was just wondering if it's possible to set up a windows 7 VPS/VNC server to be used for gaming on my local network. I have a macbook pro as my main computer, it doesn't quite have the horsepower ...
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Openstack for home cloud hosting

I am experimenting with a couple of technologies that I soon may have to use at work. So for now, I was thinking about duplicating the environment which I may have to create for my office at home so ...
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How to execute some shell script before VM suspend?

I have created one Centos VM. And I have created some IP aliases. Once I suspend and resume the VM my IP aliases are all going down. So I just want to capture the aliases address before suspend and ...
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where to put some script to run before VM Suspend?

I have run one shell script before the vm suspend. How to do this? Where to put this shell script so that it will run before the VM suspend .
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Fast X for LXC guest on localhost?

How can I run X apps inside an LXC container efficiently? ssh -Y guest is too slow - there is no graphics acceleration with ssh -Y - everything has to travel over the virtual network with the ...
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Mouting a kvm qemu disk image with multiple partitions

I am trying to mount a KVM-qemu disk image with this command: sudo mount -o loop,offset=32256 centos6.img /mnt/centos6. But it shows this error: you must specify filesystem type. As I have more ...
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Can QEMU/KVM+OCFS2 be configured to punch holes in sparse image files when files are deleted in the guest?

I'm using sparse raw image files for guest VMs and OCFS2 on the host (local-only, not clustered) for the reflink feature. I understand from Googling around that OCFS2 is one of the filesystems that ...
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OS X virtualization for software development

I am a OS X user and I work on multiple platforms for which I need multiple dependencies. I want to separate my different development dependency packages in virtual environments so they are all ...
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Qemu Arm how to passthrough a PCI Card

I'm trying to access a PCI wifi adapter on a Qemu, simulating vexpress-a9 board. I'm following is this tutorial which shares a passthrough PCI card of the host machine to a guest machine running on ...
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How to upgrade debian VM with more CPUs

For some reason whoever built the server I'm working on only gave it 2 CPUs in the hyper-visor, I can easily give it 4, but I'm positive that will break it, the kernel will not recognize the others.. ...
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Partclone error

I am trying to clone a disk in a VMware Machine The initial situation is: When cloning, I get the following error: Notes: The VM is bootstrapped with the Arch Linux ISO. sda is a physical ...
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How to check which hypervisor is used from my VM? [duplicate]

So I'm running a VM somewhere and want to know what hypervisor the host is running. Any way to check whether it's running KVM or in a container? The vm is running Ubuntu
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centos 6.4 trouble with /dev/pts/ptmx

I have a problem with the server running on CentOS. CentOS has been upgraded to version 6.4 and has all updates. Updates were made according to the official repositories. On the server running the ...
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In virtual machine manager, is there a way to add disk space to an existing disk?

I know that in virt-manager you can add RAM and processors to the virtual machine, but is there a way to increase the available disk space larger through the GUI? Edit: @slm was able to find the ...
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KVM loss of data?

I'm planning to install KVM on Linux Mint. I heard it is possible to corrupt files and partitions. There are warnings here but I haven't finish reading it (I will tonight). There is also another ...
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Can libvirt check if virtual machine is fully booted? Can another tool?

I currently have small VM to do certain tests (it has multiple benefits - like testing on another distribution, Fedora 15, as well as running make distcheck without the problem of polluting /). ...
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benchmarking ftp in 3 methods of virtualization

My Bachelor Final Project is about benchmarking visualization methods with ftp, web and mysql services: installing Debian on xen (para-visualization) kvm and lxc with equal resources config (equal ...
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Difference between Oracle VM and Citrix XEN?

I`ve been testing Oracle-VM this day. Is there anyone out there who has tested both XEN-based solutions? What are the main differences?
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How to do incremental backup of .img files containing windows partition?

On an OVS I have a few windows machines. I want to create a full backup their .img disk files, thats done, .img.gz. Than I want to incrementally backup their C:/ partition, but thats not working. ...
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Virtualizing a Low End Virtual Server

I have started to teach the lesser fortunate children in my area about technology and computers in general. Some of them show some real promise and I'm planning to introduce them to Linux and Open ...
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Guest addition already installed in Linux mint

I have recently installed Linux Mint 14 on a VirtualBox VM and it seems that guest additions are already installed. I did not install them. How is this possible? Does Linux Mint know that it is ...
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Solaris11: Alternative to xVM Hypervisor?

AFAIK, support for the xVM Hypervisor - basically Xen - has been dropped in Solaris 11. Is there an alternative/replacement for it? How does it compare to Xen? Obviously there is zones if you want ...
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Can I use Synaptics' output in KVM?

I have been looking at MenuetOS, a simple graphical OS written entirely in FASM. The only reason I don't actually use it is that its touchpad support is pure garbage: every time I try to run MenuetOS, ...
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How to set up interchangeable VM guest/hosts

I'm looking for a way to set up a computer so that the disk is partitioned for multi-booting to two operating systems: Linux and Windows. Whichever one is booted, I want the other to be accessible as ...
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virt-install complains “error: no such option: --network-bridge:br0”

I was following the directions here to set up a VM in CentOS 6.4 i386/686. But I'm getting this error: $ sudo virt-install --network-bridge:br0 --name vm1 --ram=1024 --vcpus=1 --disk ...
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virt-install error: install methods 'cannot be specified for container guests'

I was following the Dell RHEL VM guide but working on CentOS 6.4 i386/686, and got to the virt-install step. After correcting a typo, I went back and deleted the vm.xml file it was suggested I ...
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Installing KVM on CentOS 6.4 without GUI (yet)

I've installed CentOS 6.4 from the 'minimal' iso, so it doesn't come with a GUI. Will this question's answer allow me to install KVM, or do I need to install KDE or X-server or something first?
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Non-persistent differencing file

I have a large file (5-10 GB) and want to access this file in a special file system with the following conditions/features: There is a single process that reads and write on the file. When the ...
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Emulate unplugging a network cable with qemu-kvm

[Background: I'd like to actually test How to take down a static network interface when not connected? ] I'm setting up a QEMU-KVM virtual machine using libvirt (via virt-manager). I put two NICs on ...
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omap3530/3630 emulation on QEMU for overo and beagle machines

On QEMU's source code for beagle and overo I can see that the cpu emulated is the OMAP3430. I will like to know if it's a way to make QEMU emulate OMAP3530/3630 cpu's for those machines? On bealge : ...
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Terminal-based (non GUI) virtual-computer program?

Are there any terminal-based (ie. non-GUI) virtual-computer programs out there? I've been using programs like VirtualBox and QEMU, but they're obviously GUI-based... I was hoping for a virtual PC ...
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Linux-distro with built-in Xen?

Are there any Linux-distros with Xen "built-in" and ready to act as host for virtual-computer out-of-the-box? Alternatively, distros where you can easily select "Xen-host" as an install option? I'm ...
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ttyO ports do not have the good port address on QEMU 1.4.0 running image for beagleboard-xm

I'm running an Linux Image (kernel 3.2.8) for beagleboard-xm on QEMU's 1.4.0 emulator Ubuntu distribution for 13.04. My image is created using Buildroot beagle_defconfig. I added some pkgs to be able ...
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Do USB emulators exist for Linux?

I'm looking for software that lets me have many virtual USB drives on my Ubuntu installation. I want them to be seen by virtual machines in VirtualBox so I can do backup operations. I need the drives ...
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How to enable Virtualization AMD-V Aspire one AO725 from BIOS or otherwise

I'm try to use the virtualbox to visualizer the system of 64bits but the error that get is: La aceleración VT-x/AMD-V ha sido habilitada, pero no es funcional. Su sistema invitado de 64-bit fallára ...
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Lightweight isolated linux environment

I want an isolated (guest) Linux environment on my computer that I can mess up without worrying about the host. E.g. install a lot of stuff from source without package management, pollute environment ...
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CPU usage of KVM

I have a linux host with 4 KVM linux guests. All the guest are pretty much idle, having a load of <0.1 inside the guest. Now, if I do a top on the host, each KVM process is using something about ...
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How to enable WIFI on VMWare Fedora 12? (It's detecting and working fine on Windows 7)

I am new to Linux. I have Fedora 12 running on my VMware. I am unable to see any options to enable WIFI connection on Fedora. When I am accessing Internet through WIFI and its working perfectly fine ...
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How to achieve the effect of chroot in userspace in Linux (without being root)?

The goal is to install and run programs in a displaced (relocated) distro (whose / must not coincide with the global /) inside a host Linux system. The programs are not adapted for using a different / ...
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Running one OS per core

I'm interested in using a COTS board like the Wandboard for a project. On one hand I'd like to use something like Ubuntu for user interaction, sounds, TCP/IP stuff, etc. But I also need an RTOS like ...
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Can I have a bridged interface without an IP?

I have 2 NICs: eth0 & eth1 on a host OS which runs some VMs (LXC) under it. The hosts eth0 is connected to a private network and configured as the primary interface. The hosts eth1 is connected ...
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How to add a ms-dos partition table to a loop device?

I recently made a dd from a disk partition. I want to use it as a disk in a virtual machine. I can't because the disk has no partition table. Can I had a partition table to a loop device? how? ...
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Help understanding interfaces in Backtrack

I am fairly new in UNIX and have recently installed backtrack on a VMWare box on my machine and I am trying to use DHCLIENT command but am having trouble in understanding the interfaces. I am ...
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memory buffering in virtual machines

Is there any point to doing disk buffer caching in a virtual machine, if the hypervisor OS is doing it? I wonder if buffering in the VM will just waste memory that could be better allocated to VM use, ...
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How to manage 2 vm using upstart?

I use an upstart script to monitor a vm and respawn it when it gets killed. I would like to simulate a failover by doing the following. Create a clone of the VM1 say VM2. When either of them is ...
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Xen is unable to use URL's to install CentOS

I can't seem to use URL's when using the netinstall for CentOS, I'm installing CentOS on a Xen VPS. I keep getting this error in the terminal window, when I use the URL: ...
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vmstat on virtual machine and large values

Hi I'm using vmstat to track machine performance during some tests (jmeter). This is virtual machine running on a big machine where lots of other virtual machines are installed (about 20 virtual ...
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Xen error on CentOS

During the creating of a new virtual server in xen using this command xen-create-image --hostname=minecraft.koanhosting.com --ip 87.98.249.146 --install -method=debootstrap But I keep getting this ...
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Running -march optimized software on another architechture?

I'm running an Athlon64 server with LFS and would like to have a local copy of the server in a virtual machine for testing purposes and building software. My PC uses an i7 and the existing server ...