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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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 access a KVM virtual-machine?

I've created a KVM VM using virt-install. There is an image file in the directory /ssd/kvms. How do I access the virtual machine and turn it on? Do I need to assign an IP address, and if so, how do I ...
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PCI passthrough with Xen

I am trying to run Windows XP in a Xen DomU virtual machine with a PCIe device, for which there are no Linux drivers, being passed through from a Debian Squeeze Dom0. My hardware supports ...
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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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Setup Cloudmin on Centos installed in LVM

I installed CentOS 6 with default LVM partition pattern. according to this pattern Can I use Cloudmin and store KVM Disks in LVM as Logical Volume? I think Cloudmin requires creating new logical ...
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Does quiesce exist for Linux?

Quiescing a file system allows you to make a backup of the database while it is still running and other programs and their data as well. The application generally needs to be notified of the quiesce ...
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kvm doesn't load Windows 8

I'm launching kvm with the following parameter: kvm -m 2g -smp ncores=2 -hda disk.img -cdrom win8.iso My CPU has VT support and enabled, EDIT I seems to have limited emulate type: pc ...
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Very slow KVM in Ubuntu 12.04

I use Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit and KVM, my CPU is Core i5 3.3 GHz and I have 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. I run Windows 7 in KVM and it's extremely slow. My co-worker use Debian on the same PC configuration and can ...
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Prevent hacking the grub.conf using a 'live rescue' from a live linux iso

It happened that I had set the grub password in grub.conf. But, using a live linux iso, I was able to delete the password from the grub.conf. Please read the steps for the same mentioned in this link: ...
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Where to find info on how to set up a vm in redhat 7.2

I have a RedHat 7.2 server that was set up by someone else long ago as an e-commerce server. It is still in use for that purpose and I dare not make significant changes to it as my Linux-fu is weak. ...
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How to compile kernel for KVM guest (without paravirtualization)?

So I have a KVM machine, where I run an Ubuntu 12.04 (server edition). I want to compile a minimalistic kernel for the KVM guest, but I only found the howto for hosts, and guests with ...
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Configure vmware-tools without an initrd image?

Is it possible to run vmware-tools without an initrd? I don't know why I should use an initrd and it makes my kernel compilation more complicated. I can boot into my kernel without initrd but when I ...
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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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KVM network bridge and public static IP for both host and guests [closed]

I have a Debian Server with 4 public static addresses. There is a KVM guest (also Debian) installed and running. What I want is to give the guest an IP of the host, so that both machines have public ...
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Bridging ethernet interface

I have a server with 4 public IP's. I have it with this configuration and I want to bridge the interface eth0 for using it with KVM: So, I have 3 IP's (A.B.C.144, A.B.C.145, A.B.C.146) and another ...
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Tools for Monitoring Steal Time (st)

We're running on a virtual "dedicated" server, which should, in theory, mean that we're the only guys on the server. In practice.... I'm thinking we might not be. Notice that although it looks ...
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Running a query without the OS cache

I want to emulate a client site who doesn't have much caching because they have so much I/O all the time. I want to run a SQL query on my machine (on my VM to be precise) with the same limitations ...
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What to do when ubuntu-vm-builder completed?

I already have the VM (Xen based) installed, but the Xen config used specified "Linux kernel" as "None". The exact command line was: ubuntu-vm-builder xen precise -v --debug --addpkg openssh-server ...
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Any reason NOT to run Linux in a VM all the time?

I've switched to using Arch Linux for most of my day to day work and don't need Windows for anything but gaming and the couple of apps that aren't ported to Linux like OneNote. My Linux distro is ...
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Getting from proficient to expert [closed]

I've got my vacation coming in and thought I might use that for something useful. Essentially, I've been a Linux user since around 1995 when I installed Slackware 2.0 on my computer and have been ...
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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 increase Xen guest CPU utilization?

My Xen dom0 is a Gentoo x64 pvops. I boot my guest Gentoo, in PV mode, system with the same kernel my dom0 uses. When I emerge in the guest system, building a CPP package, I am experiencing low CPU ...
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Xen domU fails to start with kernel panic

My dom0 is Gento 3.3.2, the kernel is compiled with Xen support. And I am planing to use the same kernel to boot my domU. This is my domU configuration file: 1 vif = [ 'bridge=xenbr0' ] 2 vcpus ...
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PCI passthrough without VT-d

My CPU is Intel T9300, it supports VT-x, but it does not support VT-d. I am using Xen pvops virtualization. I have a PCI device, and my host system can work without it. So I am thinking if it is ...
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How to convert Windows 7 partitions to qcow2?

I know I can use qemu-img tool to convert a raw partition into a image file. But Windows 7 has two partitions. I tried: qemu-img convert /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 win7.qcow2 But the generated file does ...
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VM benchmark tools?

I would like to benchmark of few XEN-constallations: PV DomU HVM DomU with PV network and disk drivers HVM DomU with emulated IDE and PV network The base will be the same VM with the same ...
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Do VirtualBox or VMWare use the Intel VT-d feature?

I'm thinking about a new laptop, which has Intel VT support, but recently I discovered a feature other than Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x), which is Intel® Virtualization Technology for ...
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How to find VM OS installation media file in the Proxmox Web Interface?

I have installed Proxmox and wanted to create a VM by using the Proxmox web interface GUI (now the version is 2.0-38/af81df02) However I have problem to find my Guest VM OS installation CD/DVD ISO ...
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Debian VPS, no loop devices present, modprobe fails

After acquiring a new virtual Debian squeeze I ran into a problem regarding loop devices. My plan was to set up an encrypted FS in a regular file and mount it. Unfortunately I can't do that since ...
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Should LVM partitions be used in virtual machine images?

Should LVM be used for the partitions when creating VM images (e.g., KVM images)? It seems like it adds complexity if you want to, say, mount a qcow2 image in the host if the image has LVM partitions. ...
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Any better alternative to chroot on an OpenVZ VPS?

Are there any better alternative to chroot environment? I'm thinking about running nginx on a jailed environment. BTW, I'm on OpenVZ VPS, so modifying the Kernel is a no-no. (I think that prevents ...
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Destroying KVM first try virtual machine

I'm trying to understand how KVM works, working on ubuntu 10.04 server. I created one with sudo ubuntu-vm-builder kvm lucid --arch 'amd64' --mem '512' --rootsize '10248' --swapsize '1024' ...
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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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Problem with mount namespaces under Fedora

I've run into an odd problem regarding mount namespaces on Linux. I have two systems, both X86_64 running kernel 3.2.3-2 under Fedora 16. I am attempting to mount a tmpfs filesystem in a child ...
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How to access the data stored in guest operating system(i.e Virtual machine) from Host system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Share memory between a virtual machine and the host I wanted to access the data stored in virtual machine from my host machine. I know that each VirtualMachine will have ...
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How can I be sure that my server is not virtualised?

How can I make sure that my Linux server is running on a non-virtualised real box? This is the scenario I am thinking of: I install some distro on a rack-mounted server, I rent some rack space on ...
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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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Access times for different partitions on same hard disk

I have partitions, /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2. / is mounted on /dev/sda1, while all other data is on sda2 which has more size allocated to it. I want to save the virtual machine images (VirtualBox ...
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Lightweight virtualization on Linux with user isolation

What Linux-on-Linux virtualization technologies provide user isolation? Specifically, I want root in the virtual machine not to have any privilege on the host. This was not the case for LXC, but was ...
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WebGUI for Virtualization?

Are there any virtualizations that can be accessed via a WebGUI too? I mean the administration part is enough on a terminal, but we need a virtualization/webgui solution for "customers". So that ...
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How to check if VT-X is enabled in BIOS?

How to check if VT-X is enabled in BIOS? I have vmx in CPU flags, and no access to the BIOS. (I need to install a KVM VM on RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.1).
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A reliable and free way to use Linux on Windows, multiprocessor and x86_64

I need a reliable and free virtual machine to run Linux on Windows, multiprocessor and x86_64. I need a good environment to compile and run ffmpeg and libvpx. I have used Mint Debian under Virtual ...
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Do I need hardware support for KVM for virtio paravirtualisation

Unfortunately I need to run virtual system on the machine without hardware support for visualisation. From kvm page I read that kvm is needed however it is not mentioned whether they mean the kernel ...
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VirtualBox appliance import locks up system

I have a Windows Vista x64 appliance that I am trying to import into the Open Source Edition of VirtualBox on Linux Mint 11 x86-64. The ovf file is 21.3 GB in size. The problem I am having is that ...
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Custom live distro - ways to detect it is running inside virtual machine (or prevent running in VM altogether)

I am creating a custom live distro that will be a specialist work environment for those of my employees that are on the road. I am looking for ways to detect or, ideally, prevent my live distro from ...
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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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Installing Freebsd as guest OS on kvm without using VNC

I want to run Freebsd as a guest OS on kVM running on Ubuntu server 10.04. All howtos mention VNC as a necessity to start and finish the installation process. Can I install freebsd on kVM without ...
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VirtualBox disk performance?

This option was newly added to latest version of VBox , googled a lot , seems no much information was revealed , could anyone please help me pick one disk format ? Which one owns better performance ...
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Will VMX cpu flags increase the speed of virtual machine software , like VirtualBox?

On some CPUs, if I run grep vmx /proc/cpuinfo, I can see a vmx flag under the features entry. Will this feature speed up virtual machine software like VirtualBox?
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Are there any virtualization solutions for OpenBSD that aren't from ports?

I'm searching for a virtualization solutions for an OpenBSD host and a CentOS guest. What are my options? I'm searching for one that doesn't use packages from ports. Are there any?