Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45
I'd like to test out various capabilities of W2008 server so was thinking about installing this as a VM.
However to usefully test out the server capabilities I need it itself to run some virtual machines.
Is this at all possible or am I wasting my time.
Hardware is sufficient - Quad processor 16 GB RAM.
I read somewhere that running a Virtual machine guest on a machine that itself is a virtual machine isn't possible -- but if this is true it rather inhibits a lot uuseful Server testing.
Whilst vmware says it doesn't support running Virtual machines inside other virtual machines I wonder if I could say install something like VBOX on the virtual machine as the VBOX program would presumably just be seen as another application .
it is very possible (the only thing you might not get is VT-x or AMD-v support) as what you are doing is emulating a PC (and functions like a pc)
i would also advise to use different HDD's for different VM's...
the only thing you might lose (becaues of the no cpu virt. support) is XP mode...
SO Host SUSE LINUX or Windows 7 running VMWARE.
VM W2008 Server .
on the vm server run Virtual Box with XP and Windows 7 guests (one of each).
I could inhbit paging on the XP and Windows 7 guests to minimize the virtual paging activity.
There should be plenty of CPU and RAM since the primary host wouldn't be running anything except the Virtual Machine software. The guests could have all the resources.
Anybody tried this type of approach yet.
(I could try VMWARE ES-X but thats much to expensive for what I want to do and is grossly overkill).
just as long as you give each one its own core and enough ram you should be alright...
there might be some noticeable lag in the 2nd layer vm because commands have to be translated twice (once in its own vm and second in the Vmware)