[olug] vmware server on AMD opteron

Bill Brush bbrush at gmail.com
Mon May 15 20:55:46 UTC 2006

We don't have any Opteron boxes, but we've got 2 VMware GSX boxes, 1
VMware ESX box, and 2 VMware server boxes in house, in addition to
about 8 copies of VMware workstation kicking around, so we've got a
bit of experience with VMware.

That being said, I'll give it an unequivocal recommendation.  It's not
the perfect solution to every problem, but what it does it does very
well, and it has pretty much revolutionized the way we run our data

VMware + SAN = Nirvana

I can't imagine that it'd do anything but run like a champ on an Operton box.


On 5/15/06, Sean Kelly <smkelly at zombie.org> wrote:
> We are currently looking at VMWare ESX where I work. From what I've seen,
> read, and experienced, it is a pretty solid product that is pretty cool.
> That said, we're not yet running it in house. If anybody has any feedback
> or experience with ESX, I'd be interested. Specifically, when it comes to
> stuff like vMotion, performance, etc.
> I am currently also running a VMWare Server beta on a Linux test system. The
> system is a Xeon 2x3.40GHz with 4GB of RAM. Currently, I have it running
> two Windows Server 2003s, three Red Hat Enterprise Linuxes, and a Windows
> XP. It is pretty solid. My only complaint is that I/O can be a bit slow,
> though that could be my hardware.
> Note, though, that it is still a beta.
> On Mon, May 15, 2006 at 03:10:33PM -0500, Matt Anderson wrote:
> > 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
> > smoothly.
> >
> > Thanks a lot!
> >
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