Monthly Archives: January 2013

Using KVM on CentOS 6.3 as a Hobbyist’s Hypervisor

Ok, this one was a real quickie, thanks to the earlier test with Ubuntu Server. I mainly wanted to check if there was any difference, given that CentOS is basically the free (as in: not commercially unsupported) Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3. … Continue reading

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Using Citrix XenServer as a Hobbyist’s Hypervisor

When I started experimenting with VMs on my home server, I had a Ubuntu Server system as a base. For Linux there are two main players in the Hypervisor field: KVM and Xen. Xen is the Hypervisor that Citrix bases … Continue reading

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Using Hyper-V as a Hobbyist’s Hypervisor (Updated)

Hyper-V is a bit of an oddball in this set, if only because of its ancestry. When you read the description at the Microsoft site, it becomes clear that you’re not getting just a Hypervisor, you’re getting Windows Server 2012… … Continue reading

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Using KVM on Ubuntu 12.04LTS as a Hobbyist’s Hypervisor

KVM was up second, being the (default) Hypervisor in Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS, with which I already had some experience. Ubuntu Server is free and the LTS editions have “Long Term Support”, so updates will be made available over several years. … Continue reading

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Using VMWare ESXi 5.1 as a Hobbyist’s Hypervisor [updated]

In a “Best Buy Guide” on the Tweakers.net (in Dutch) a new category Home server was introduced. Since I was already looking at my server and its capacity, I was intrigued by the remark that VMWare’s ESXi hypervisor is free for personal use. … Continue reading

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