xen or virtualbox or vmware ?

Adam Vande More amvandemore at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 02:16:12 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 7:15 PM, Peter <fbsdq at peterk.org> wrote:

> iH,
>   Trying to setup a new 'virtual' environment.
> Goal is to run freebsd in a virtual environment for ease of management and
> just because I've finally got _new_ hardware that isn't ~7++ years old.
> So far thinking of going
>  netbsd -> xen -> freebsd/whatever [if it'll work]
> or would the following be better?
>  linux -> xen -> freebsd/whatever
> or
>  freebsd -> virtualbox -> freebsd/whatever
> or [don't really care for]
>  linux -> vmware workstation -> freebsd/whatever
>    [my generic hardware doesn't work with esx[i]]
> Has anyone done something similar, especially the xen type of setup or
> would one recommend a freebsd and virtualbox ?
> What dom0 have you found to work best with xen?
> Just looking for thoughts/ideas/experience.
> ]Peter[
Building my own similar setup right now actually.  I've got an OpenSolaris,
NetBSD, and FreeBSD cd burned and ready to go.  In days gone by, you'd
answer use Xen of course.  However, VBox has made a great deal of progress
lately making my decision more difficult.  At this point, I'm leaning
towards OpenSolaris because of Dom0 support and ZFS.  At work I use Debian
Lenny w/ Xen and ganeti which is good.  However, I'm used to better
documentation and a more consistent layout which IMO the Penguin sucks at,
and I mean get ready for a world class donkey punch because if you're not
already a skilled user you'll need to become one to figure out any sort of
non-standard customization you might want.  Also have to use grub when
running xen.  Grub config is pretty easy but full of gotchas.

As also mentioned, jails are great and way more efficient than either xen or
vbox, but sometimes you can't run fbsd.

Adam Vande More

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