Xen vs VMWare - which server is better?

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by KenKnight, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. KenKnight

    KenKnight Member

    Hi All,

    I'm wanting to consolidate 3 servers into one. They are;

    1 - The Perfect Setup Debian Sarge
    2 - Trixbox phone server
    3 - Windows XP pro w/Apache and proprietary web engine

    My question is, which will provide the most bang for the least buck in terms of hardware cost?

    And if VMWare, would you run the VMware server in XP or run a linux core with all the other VM's running hosted?

  2. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    Such a question is bound to end in a religious exchange of arguments :rolleyes:

    I'll give some of my impressions, as I'm interested in the same subject. Xen is a bit more recently developed as VMWare. As such, VMWare is a bit more mature product, at least so it's promoted. Xen on the other hand gets pretty impressive reviews and it's said to use less overhead resources. For Xen, native kernel support is coming, but you'd have to use cutting edge kernels from kernel.org or something.

    I've installed VMWare on Ubuntu, and ran Win2K and Ubuntu as VM's. The installation went pretty easy and howto's and experience is available all over the net. I never tried Xen (yet). Running on a 1G memory, 1,3 Mhz footprint, the VM system was not very fast though.
  3. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

  4. KenKnight

    KenKnight Member

    Thanks for the input. I tried Xen Express today and will try a vmware server on debian this evening. Write now I think Xen is ok, but I'll know more after I play with VMware.

  5. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    I have vmware server 1.0.1 running on my Xubuntu Edgy (AMD Duron 2400 1,6 Ghz with 1GB ram and an old nVidia GeForce 2 GTS/Pro).
    I have assigned 256 MB ram to windows xp and it runs fine.
  6. barnes

    barnes New Member

    Virtualization solutions

    I've used VMware Server and been very impressed with its capabilities. Virtual Iron http://www.virtualiron.com, has a Xen solution as well that I'm evaluating. Its features are similar to VMware ESX but it requires VT to do Windows.
  7. KenKnight

    KenKnight Member

    For me, thus far, the Xen solution runs circles around the VMware stuff in terms of performance, but my main problem is I'm using a computer that doesn't have VT support, so I can't run windows in it. So it looks like I'll be using VMware.

  8. KenKnight

    KenKnight Member

    Hi sjau,

    What did you have to do to get the vmware server running on xubuntu. I just downloaded and installed xubuntu, but vmware won't install. I'm guessing it has something with the way the kernel is built.

  9. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    In order to run VMWare a few dependencies are needed to be installed:

    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential xinetd

    This will install all needed dependencies!
    If there are still some problems install gcc-3.4.

    sudo apt-get install gcc-3.4
  10. ealaqqad

    ealaqqad New Member

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