Hope this is the right forum to ask this in if not can a mod move it to somewhere appropriate thanks.
I am trying to reduce the clutter of PCS in our Centre. The old workstation I was using for our content filtering loaded with Ubuntu Server and Dans Guardian had just died the death. I have a similar machine that is also running xp simply to syncronise with our weather station and upload results to the website that feels like its on its last legs.
I am a total noob with Virtualisation but have this idea that I could use an old Fujitsu Celsius (2.8 P4 Hyper threaded, 1gb Ram, 140gb UATA HD) server I have lying around to run both operations.
My head is exploding with all of the VM options and I would like someone with more experience to point me in the right direction if possible please.These are the options I have come up with.
1/Install Ubuntu with Dans Guardian as the base OS and then run kvm with XP as the VM on it for the weather station ?
2/ Install Xp as the base OS running VMware ( which edition?) with Ubuntu and Dansguardian on the VM.
3/ Run a very lite version of linux with both dansguardian and xp as VMs?
Its important that which ever way I do this that if we get a powercut (and we do a lot here) when the machine switches on it reboots and all of the Vms fire up ready to carry on.
Another vote for VMware Server here..we use it on an XP base to run all of our netsupport room terminals and VPN access stations, as well as our personell and accounts packages, and a print server. In theory our new servers in the new building will be ESX3i, so we're virtualising all we can now so that it'll just be a case of copy the whole VM over, and off we go again.
Great Thanks for all the help guys, I have VMserver up and running on an xp box running centos with dansguardian
But now I know VMware works on linux without VT I might actually try this the other way around and install the Centos/DG OS as base try to get VMserver on and put xp as the guest with a really lite install of xp. I am working on the basis there that the linux box has more chance of staying up and stable than an xp one ?