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Running Oracle with Xen

This Oracle blogger found time to experiment with Xen.

What I’d like to do is split each machine into 2 virtual machine “containers” that I can run a variety of images / configurations in. I played around with using VMWare ESX Server, but balked a bit at the price of the management server. After that I started to look into the Xen software. Basically it started to come down to whether or not I wanted to boot into a thin hypervisor, or run a straight O/S “underneath” the hypervisor.

I decided to run Linux underneath any hypervisor — so at that point it came down to which Linux to run. I see a lot of raves for Ubuntu and CentOS on the blogs, but in the end I decided to give Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux a whirl. I downloaded the 5 ISO’s, “remembered” how to burn ISOs to CDs and then booted the Dell’s using the CDs — worked like a champ.

And, lo and behold, Xen was included in the distro — no need to install it.

So began my fun with Xen.

Check out his progress here and here.


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