[olug] vmware server on AMD opteron

Matt Anderson manderso at cs.wisc.edu
Mon May 15 20:10:33 UTC 2006

Does anyone have any experience with or knowledge of running the  
vmware server product on top of an AMD Opteron processor (or  
processors)?  I'm wondering how well it works, if there are any  
gotchas or weirdness, etc.

In particular, I was considering putting together a dual dual-core  
Opteron computer (or alternatively a dual Opteron) which would then  
be sliced up for actual use with the vmware server.  Most likely, the  
operating system running on the bare machine would be the most  
minimal (AMD 64 bit) Fedora Core or SUSE install which could get the  
job (of running vmware server) done.  Would anyone anticipate  
difficulties with such a setup?  Would anyone have advice or opinions  
on the details of such a setup?

I have no experience to date running any OS (natively or in 32-bit  
emulation) on an Opteron, but my assumption is that it works pretty  

Thanks a lot!

  Matt Anderson

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