Is it possible to start many VMs created by different users on the same Linux host?

I want to start four virtual machines with my own user name and start four with another user name at the same time on the same host.

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If you have powerful enough host or low requirements for the virtual machines, then it certainly is possible - the best way to find out is to try it.

That said, depending on your needs, OS-level virtualisation like LXC might serve you better.

  • My problem is that I have some scripts which are trying to connect to does machines and reboot them etc, but when there are more than one users; running vms commands like ssh will result in conflicts. Guest machines are using same ip subnets. Perhaps I should change the ips for each user, or?
    – Vombat
    Sep 26, 2013 at 17:31
  • Of course you have to give each VM a different IP address - it's no different from having a "physical" network. IP address conflicts are just wrong.
    – peterph
    Sep 26, 2013 at 17:34

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