Take use of virtualization

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Virtualization allows you to run several "seeming-as-if" (virtual) computers on one computer. This can help you

  • to work in several isolated VPN environments on one computer
  • to test several Linux distributions running at the same time on one computer
  • for developers, to test "dangerous" changes like on the login manager or the boot sector
  • in big companies, to take best use out of your computing resources

Topics

Find out which virtualization you run on

  • for XEN:

If /proc/xen/control_d exists, you run on XEN virtualization

Solutions

Solution max vCPUs bridged networking possible Snapshot possible remarks
KVM >= 8 yes no
Virtualbox >= 16 yes yes easy to install and easy to use
VMWare Player 4 yes no