[CALUG] Looking for Distro and Virtualization recommendations

EvelBit Knievel evel.bit.knievel at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 17:01:29 EST 2018

only because I'm a stickler for terminologies  You mean Host OS to run your Type 2 Hypervisor on, to run your guest VMs, correct?

I would think you would want to get as close to bare metal (hardware) as you can. So if you're not looking at a Type 1 Hypervisor (e.g. esxi), then I think an Operating System that isnt resource intensive, such as Linux, would be the better option to install a type-2 hypervisor on. In which case you have several flavors to choose from, KVM, VirtualBox, VMware, etc. I'm not sure what Xen requires. Someone else can speak to that, Nd as far as PCIE compatibility, where that's also something I never checked. I would think a lot of this stuff you can google to find featurea and capabilities for each hypervisor. 

I myself am running MacOS + VMware Fusion on one rig, Ubuntu + VMware Workstation on another, MacOS + VirtualBox on another. 

Also take into consideration if you want to be able to do snapshots or node clustering. 

Hope this helps a little. I'm by no means a Virtualization Guru, just a hobbyist. 


> On Nov 16, 2018, at 4:04 PM, Tim Spangler <tspang at jefnet.com> wrote:
> Hello All,
> I would like to build a hypervisor and create several VMs on it – one of which will be a windows VM to do windows type things and play games, while other VMs may be development linux VMs, or infrastructure VMs (Apache web server, HD Homerun DVR, etc).
> I have some minor experience with Xen, but I believe that KVM has the most development behind it? PCIE passthrough support is especially important, since I’ll need that to be functional on the windows VM.
> Suggestions on distro to act as the hypervisor?  Preference between Xen or KVM?   Anyone tried this before and have tips?
> Thanks in advance!
> -Tim Spangler
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