ZenSource vs VMWare

Posted on 2007-10-20
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I currently run three servers all that have Windows 2000 sp4 and would like to consolodate them onto one, I am looking for to VMWare and ZenSource. Which is better? And is there an easy way to document server preformance such as average cpu usage and memory usage?
Question by:cdmt00
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    VMWare ESX server is probably the more mature one of the two products.
    Now that Xen has been purchased by Citrix good things could be in it's future.

    ESX has a performance monitor for each virtual and for the host as well.
    Download an eval copy.

    Haven't played much with Xen for a while now, again could download an eval copy.
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    I agree and think that VMWare is currently a much better solution.  One of my favorite things about VMWare is the fact that they provide a large number of downloadable templates that you can use to get systems setup very quickly.  For an example of some of the available templates take a look here:

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    by:Duncan Meyers
    The one big thing that makes Xen unsuitable in a Windows production environment is that you have to update the Windows kernel for it to run under Xen - something that Microsoft won't support. This isn't as much of an issue for Linux hosts. VMware VM's are fully encapsulated - that is; no modification to the host OS is required to make it work in a virtual environment.

    Xen is getting there fast - but, right now, it is at least two years behind ESX Server in terms of functionality and stability.
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    I believe with the latest release of Xen modifying the Windows kernel is no longer necessary.

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    Are you saying that if I was running xen on top of windows I would have to fiddle with the kernel or if I wanted to run Windows on top of xen, because there website says that they support windows.
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    by:Duncan Meyers
    Yes, Xen supports Windows, but to get best performance, you need to modify the Windows kernel as Xen uses paravirtualisation rather than a fully encapsulated model. They do now, however, allow you to install Windows without making kernel modifications, although I have heard mixed reports as to how effective it is.

    Right now, the only product that is data centre ready is VMware ESX Server. Xen is not far away - give it 12 to 18 months and it should be OK. Viridian is a different matter altogether as it is mostly vapourware right now.

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