Solved

Can I run a virtual Unix server on a Windows desktop?

Posted on 2008-06-26
6
2,045 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I know that VMWare have a Solaris x86 facility, but is there a method of having a desktop virtual server for other Unix servers like the V490?
0
Comment
Question by:peter2407
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
6 Comments
 
LVL 18

Assisted Solution

by:larstr
larstr earned 100 total points
ID: 21874091
VMware can only run x86 guests since it's not emulating the cpu and run most instructions directly on the existing cpu (and this is the key to the great performance achieved in vmware).

There are other products such as QEMU that can emulate other cpus (at the cost of performance).

0
 
LVL 16

Accepted Solution

by:
Hanno P.S. earned 400 total points
ID: 21874222
Solaris 10 for SPARC and i86/x64 is absolutely identical from a user's, developer's and sysadmin's perspective. There are only very few differences related to the underlying hardware

Of course, Sun's OBP (system firmware) is different than a PC's BIOS
Also, all peripheral adapters (HBA, NIC, etc.) are different ;-)

EMC's VMware as well as Sun's xVM Virtualbox do rely on the AMD/Intel CPU and it's Hypervisor (if available).
Sun's xVM Virtualbox utilizes AMD's Hypervisor efficiently -- and this technology is also built-in into Solaris 11
0
 
LVL 10

Expert Comment

by:Casey Herman
ID: 21876649
I have SCO 5.06 and 5.07 Unix running in vmware server.  


Casey
0
NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Backup and recover physical and cloud-based servers and workstations, as well as endpoint devices that belong to remote users. Avoid downtime and data loss quickly and easily for Windows-based physical or public cloud-based workloads!

 

Author Comment

by:peter2407
ID: 21881647
If "all" my customers are doing is developing (mainly configuring) web based applications, would it matter? Also, what is the difference to an app developer re x86 or SPARC?
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Hanno P.S.
ID: 21882390
All kind of users will usually not notice any difference running Solaris on SPARC systems compared to i86/x64 systems.

If you do development (not hardware-related stuff like driver devolpment) it's also the same.

Although, you could use gcc (Gnu C Compiler) on both platforms, you should really use Sun's compiler suite "Sun Studio 12" instead. It produces much better code -- especially for 64 bit code on AMD and SPARC processors.
Sun Studio 12 can be downloaded free -- as well as Solaris 10 -- from Sun's web site.

Also, all general PD software (apache, tomcat, JBoss, Perl, etc.) is available for Solaris 10; most of it is already included in Sun's package.
If you are missing anything, it can either be download from Sun's web site or (as precompiled "ready-to-install" package) from www.sunfreeware.com
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Hanno P.S.
ID: 21882401
BTW: Why are people still using old and aged OS environments like SCO and Unixware?
I really don't understand it. Can anybody tell me a reason for this?
0

Featured Post

NFR key for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (for 1 year, up to 10 users). This license allows for the non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In this step by step tutorial with screenshots, we will show you HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5). This is important if you need to enable SSH remote access for additional troubleshooting of the ESXi hos…
Ransomware is a malware that is again in the list of security  concerns. Not only for companies, but also for Government security and  even at personal use. IT departments should be aware and have the right  knowledge to how to fight it.
Teach the user how to configure vSphere clusters to support the VMware FT feature Open vSphere Web Client: Verify vSphere HA is enabled: Verify netowrking for vMotion and FT Logging is in place or create it: Turn On FT for a virtual machine: Verify …
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…

687 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question