I performed these tests about 2 years ago now but I would imagine the results would still be similar. I have attached several documents which show my findings for the performance of the 3 different Virtualization platforms running on the same hardware with the same guest OS. Passmark Test Main CPU 2D Graphics Memory Disk ESXi 654.3 864.3 830.3 568.9 294.1 XenServer 741.7 862.7 213.5 588.3 931.1 Hyper-V 753.9 862.2 361.9 596.8 275.7 IO Meter Summary – IOPS WFS 4KB DSS DB 1MB M STR 64KB SQL SL 64KB OS P 64KB WSL 8KB EXCH 4KB WS 8KB
In the latest version of Oracle VirtualBox it looks like they went the extra distance and trumped all other virtualization platforms by adding the ability to impersonate each one of them. You read that correctly, the latest VirtualBox can now save a virtual machine in any of the most popular formats including, VDI – Sun / Oracle VirtualBox VMDK – VMWare Workstation, Server, ESX, ESXi VHD – Microsoft Virtual PC, Hyper-V HDD – Parallels Desktop This is very interesting stuff, My next test will be to see if it will load all of these formats from their native applications.
Recently while working on the new Virtualization shootout testing I came across the issue that Microsoft Hyper-V doesn’t offer any built in Physical to Virtual machine conversion tools so I set out for an easy way to convert a physical machine for some quick and simple testing. I found two options and I will present them both, the first option is a tool I recently became familiar with due to the fact that we are considering moving our internal virtual environment at the office to Citrix. Its obvious at this point who makes the tool but for the name its
!!!!!! Click HERE for NEW Updated Article for Server Core 2008 R2 & Server Core 2012 + Hyper-V Core !!!!!! I thought I would share a couple links to some must have Server 2008 Core and Hyper-V Software. Core Configurator 2.0 & PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V. Core Configurator 2.0 is a set of PowerShell programs that utilize Winforms for GUI’s so not only do you get a set of powerful tools but they are easy to use with the added graphical user interfaces. The PowerShell Management Library for Hyper-V is a must have toolkit for any Hyper-V administrator. This
Once the new server is built I plan to revisit virtualization with some new contenders added to the list. Here is the current bare metal line up VMWare ESX Microsoft Hyper-V Citrix XEN RedHat KVM Windows VM VMWare Workstation & Server Oracle / Sun Virtual Box Parallels Workstation Linux VM VMWare Workstation & Server Oracle / Sun Virtual Box Parallels Workstation This will all run on the new server so it will be the same hardware each time around. I might do this before I put in the Raid 50 to make my life a lot more simple when installing
I posted the VM testing results on the whitebox but put the brakes on the project 3/4 of the way through because I want to retest using a piece of server class hardware. Although alot of people would like to know how well virtualization runs on a whitebox it was evident without even finising testing that using a setup running Windows XP 64 bit and VMware would yeild the best results. Maybe ESXi would be better but unless your whitebox is magically on the infamous HCL you will be SOL. I did post up everything I came up with and
!!! — UPDATE — !!! ~~ UPDATE – I will not be contniuing this testing with this machine. I am finding that although I have all the proper drivers and can get everything to work, something still doesnt seem right. At least if anything we can learn that even with all the drivers Hyper-v runs HORRIBLE on an Nvidia chipset or possibly just runs horrible. I am trying to get my hands on a T300 to really make the test fair and then perform all of this testing again. My biggest goal is for a box that is fully supported
Microsoft makes it very difficult to manage a standalone Hyper-v server in a workgroup but it is possible. The first thing you need to know is that you will need a Windows Vista machine to manage Hyper-v server. What Microsoft doesn’t make very clear is that machine will need to be Vista Business or Ultimate. Lucky for me my media pc is running Ultimate which is also how I discovered the OS needs to be â€œbusiness classâ€. Lucky for you I’m here to walk you through the rest of setup process and get you VM’ing in a few simple steps.
I am going to assume the person reading this is technically inclined and doesn’t need a whole mess of pictures detailing every step of the process. This is a quick guide intended to get you up and running as quickly as possible on a machine with little to no Server 2008 driver support. I will show you how to install drivers in Hyper-v Server on any machine as long as it will get through the initial install. Note: Hyper-v Server is the standalone version of Server 2008 w/ Hyper-v. To learn more check out this video. http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-us&vid=27a22995-ea7d-4a00-af86-bf18280b65cd First things first,