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Thread: Don't have VMware ESX? This is the next best thing. (Howto)

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    Re: Don't have VMware ESX? This is the next best thing. (Howto)

    ESX is not what you are looking for. All hardware is still vitualized as it is in VMware server

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    Re: Don't have VMware ESX? This is the next best thing. (Howto)

    Thanks for the info.

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    Re: Don't have VMware ESX? This is the next best thing. (Howto)

    the best solution for what you are describing in a dual boot system.

    AKA you choose which operating system to run at boot time.

    There is loads of info on this here on the forums as well as in the ubuntu official documentation

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    Re: Don't have VMware ESX? This is the next best thing. (Howto)

    Yeah, that's what I'm doing now, both dual booting, and running XP in VMWare/VirtualBox. It would be really nice to not have to get out of Ubuntu just to do something that won't work via XP in a VM.

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    Re: Don't have VMware ESX? This is the next best thing. (Howto)

    MrFSL has been spot on on most of the comments. The howto is meant for people who cannot run VMware ESX or ESXi (which are similar) because they do not have the hardware for it (some desktop systems will run it if you have the right combo if chipsets and such).

    The idea is to install a minimal Ubuntu install and not have all the extra cruft so you can have basically a headless system if you wanted to. Installing a UI kinda defeats the purpose.

    When I setup a system like this I install the mini.iso I refered to in my OP and the boot option CLI to install the system. I try to keep it minimal where possible.

    For more performance, you could recompile the kernel and remove extra packages you would not need. With the extensions in Intels VT and AMDs version of VT, you could get close to the same performance as ESX (but still with some performance hits)

    As far as disabling IPV6 it is something you can do if you are affected by the vmnet-ifup daemons issue refered to in the release notes:

    The vmnet-netifup daemons do not terminate when VMware Server is stopped.
    Workaround: Disable IPv6 on your host.

    But in my case I did not need to do that so YMMV.

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    Re: Don't have VMware ESX? This is the next best thing. (Howto)

    It might be worth noteing that ESXi has been released as a free download by VMWare now, which for some people would be a good alternative to a mini-ubuntu + vmware server.

    Here is a guide for installing ESXi on IDE
    http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/ESX..._IDE_drive.php

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