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.


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? – coffeMug Sep 26 '13 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 '13 at 17:34

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