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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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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Easy way to determine virtualization technology

I have command line access to a Linux machine which may or may not be virtualized. I want to determine what kind of virtualization technology it runs on, if any (VMWare, VirtualBox, KVM, OpenVZ, Xen, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Creating VLANs between network namespaces

I want to implement the topology shown in the figure below using network namespaces (ns1 to ns4). ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches” - Permission denied as root

I am currently having some issues with the cache. It is a little too much right now so I wanted to clear it. I googled and found this little command: sync && echo 3 > ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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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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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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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LiveCD “Remembers” Earlier Partitioning

Whenever I use VirtualBox to install a Linux distro, I usually install the LiveISO onto the hard drive instead of just using it as a live CD. However, sometimes the ISO doesn't install fully (usually ...
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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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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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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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Does FreeBSD support network virtualization like Crossbow?

Does FreeBSD support network virtualization like Solaris Crossbow? I've tried to follow the VImage links from the FreeBSD wiki page, but the links are mostly dead. If VImage is no longer part of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to force the time and date settings to refresh from the internet?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS under vmWare. When I restart a suspended image, the system clock doesn't detect that the system time is out of date. In the Time and Date settings dialog, I've selected ...
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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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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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Virtualbox under Proxmox

On a Jenkins Master-Slave configuration and need to run on the slaves Kitchen tests on several jobs. Kitchen for those who do not know it, runs infrastructure on demand using Vagrant and VirtualBox ...
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How to Free Up Space in a Dynamically Growing qcow2 VM image?

This has happened to one of my VM's that's running CentOS under Proxmox. I copied about 40 GB of data into a VM. I then deleted that 40 GB data a day later. Now taking a backup of the same VM takes ...
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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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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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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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Wireless bridged networking in KVM. Why is it so complicated?

I've been using VirtualBox (and sometimes VMWare) for years and I've never had any problem with the virtual network adapters, no matter if the physical ones were wired or not. I also played some time ...
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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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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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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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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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Measuring CPU %steal on VMware and Hyper-V hypervisors

For Xen Linux guests, %steal time is readily available via top and other utilities. Is it possible to get this and related metrics from within a Linux guest when running a non-Xen hypervisor such as ...