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Link to this post 27 May 09

Hello all,

Can you guys tell me if I can install a few servers (samba, dekiwiki, wordpress, etc...) on a headless server using virtualization (virtual box or vmware) and get decent performance for home use. Or am I asking for trouble? Running these as separate vms would be so convenient and easy to backup and manage. Would I get similar performance as running these on one server without virtualization?

Also can anyone recommend any configurations

Thanx.

Link to this post 28 May 09

YES!

Using the free vm options available to you, you can easily create those machines. I'm running five (two apache, one mysql, one file and backup, one dns/dhcp/monitoring) in VMServer.

The key... RAM allocation is important. I've got 4GB of ram on that, and I've allocated 1.5GB to mysql, and 512 to each of the other VMs. I get decent performance. YMMV

You can get a great box (dual core) with 4GB RAM for cheap now-a-days. You shouldn't need much more than that if you aren't pushing the virtual boxes that much.

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