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which virtualization platforms do you suggest for portability?

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  • which virtualization platforms do you suggest for portability?

    I like to experiment with virtualization as a mean of keeping my servers clean and efficient. Most work I do is test installations or configurations with Microsoft platforms as a laboratory (testing before production).

    I am looking for portability of the virtual machines and…
    I would like to know your opinion of which platforms do you suggest for portability.
    I run servers on 2008 R2 (64 bits) and on Linux Ubuntu 11.x (64bits)
    I am intermediate in windows server, but very beginner on Linux.
    Portability in this case means that I can start the same virtual machine over windows or over Linux in a seamless way.

    I use virtual PC (2005), and VWware player.
    Most I like of virtual PC is the feature “undo disk” which allows me to reset the virtual machine to the original state in just one step.

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    Re: which virtualization platforms do you suggest for portability?

    I don't have the VMware experience to comment on that side of things, but one of the drawbacks of VirtualPC is that it will only support 32-bit operating systems, so Server2008R2/2012 are out of the question.

    If you want to stay in Microsoft land, consider the free HyperV Server (2008R2 or 2012) which offers a full range of features and is highly scalable. You do have to license the guest OSes, but in your test environment, demo versions may be sufficient
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