Hypervisors

dmull

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I am looking to get a free hypervisor server running to host VMs. Something other than ESXi and Hyper-V. I have tried XenServer and not sure if I truly like it or not. Any suggestions would be awesome!

This is for a home project. The NIC cards I have in it are not found on ESXI, but are found on XenServer.
 

BlackRat

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dmull said:
I am looking to get a free hypervisor server running to host VMs. Something other than ESXi and Hyper-V. I have tried XenServer and not sure if I truly like it or not. Any suggestions would be awesome!

This is for a home project. The NIC cards I have in it are not found on ESXI, but are found on XenServer.

Are you trying KVM or QEMU? Maybe OpenVZ? You have many ways to do this :) I don't test this but some time ago, Canonical (guys who create Ubuntu) provided project called "JeOS". Just look at this :) Maybe it's something for you. Whether your VM must use "PCI Passthrough"?
 

dmull

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I have tried most of those, however most do not have a Windows Application to connect to the hypervisor to create and manage the VMs.

XenServer and ESXi both have windows apps to configure the VMs.

Do you know of JeOS has a Windows App or a website to configure the VMs?
 

BlackRat

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I heard about web interface... If I remember is called... JeOSVMBuilder and offer managment by web interface :) You can check also RemoteBox (But i don't promise existing Windows App) or phpVirtualbox (Web Interface) It is based on free VirtualBox. Check this out and give me replay ;)
 

dmull

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I did manage to get my nic card working on VMWare ESXi Hypervisor

I had to take ESXi 5.5 and inject the Realtek gigabit ethernet driver .vib into the iso. I then installed ESXi 5.5 (old version) then I had to upgrade it via ssh to the 6.0. Works great now!

@"BlackRat" Thanks again for your suggestions as I did try some of them and did not feel that they were in the same field as to what I was looking for.
 

iNetBlazer

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ESXi has a free version, but it doesn't come with vCenter so that's a major bummer.
For home use I'd highly recomment Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, it is basically server core but stripped more and limited to just running Hyper-V, this is a free version of Microsoft Server and unlike nano which is intended to be an embedded server for containers and docker, Hyper-V server is trying to closely resemble a Type 1 Hypervisor. I know some corporations out there that use it in production, but in my opinion it isn't quite up to par with ESXi or Xen yet, but it is promising.
 

blunix

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You should install a ubuntu 16.04 on an extra partition and then install either virt-manager (uses KVM) or virtualbox (uses virtualbox). Everything has easy to use gui's and you can just download OS .iso files to install.