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  1. #1
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    Virtual Server Setup

    As I'm sure most of you have seen in my previous post, I'm planning on moving over to centOS on my single server.

    I've been doing some research and thought why not split the server into a bunch of virtual servers so I can offer both windows and linux hosting.

    What is the best option for doing this?

    I've come across VMware Server but also noticed centOS has "Virtualization provided by the Xen hypervisor with Virtual Machine Manager"

    Assuming I go with splitting the server up, do I create a virtual centOS server and install cPanel on that one or on the main install?

    Totally new to virtualization.

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    There are a lot of different options. If you want linux and windows support you could do KVM, Xen, or Vmware.

    Xen is probably going to be the easy way to go and a favorite.

    KVM I don't have much experience with though the times I have tried it no complaints. I just know from a server standpoint xen or vz (not an option for windows) tend to be popular.

    Vmware would work but its going to be very expensive unless you find a datacenter that can get you the license. Even then you will have to pay a good chunk of change per VM.


    You would install centos on your host node then create a VM for your cPanel server. You do NOT want to install cPanel on main OS install, only in VPS.
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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    So if I want to go with both windows and linux virtual servers then VMWare is my only option?

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    I think you should use KVM because that is the solution preferred by RedHat at this time.

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    Xen, KVM, and VMware can all handle both OS at once.

    Openvz/VZ cannot but that is because they are not true virtualization.
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    KVM is the new Virtualization standard I believe. It is already for a while available but it has been recently integrated into the Red hat release and CentOS.
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