CentOs Best Option

I need to install CentOS as a virtual box. What is the best option here:

1. Use VMware Desktop Workstation on top of Win 2008 Server
2. Straight install of CentOS - but what happens if the server goes down? Can I take image backups?
3. I heard also that I can install Virtual Boxes on top of CentOS. How can I do that?
Starquest321Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Enable Hyper-V if available on your Windows 2008 Server (if available), create VM and then install Centos.

or install VMware Workstation, VMware Player or Virtualbox on Windows 2008, and install as a VM.


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Ron MalmsteadInformation Services ManagerCommented:
I use VirtualBox with Centos5..
works like a champ..
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Starquest321Author Commented:
Which is better VirtualBox or Vmware workstation?
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Kerem ERSOYPresidentCommented:
Hi,

You can either install CentOS over your desktop virtualization software such as VirtualBox or VMWare Player (Free) or priced version.

CentOS comes with Xen ( CentOS 5.x) or KVM ( CentOS 6.x) as an istallable options and you can create virtual machines using CentOS once you've setup your Initial CentOS Hypervisor on a system.

You can install it also as a standalone system. Volume Backup is similar to VMWare. CentOS (RHEL) uses LVM by defualt as the Disk system. LVM allows volumes to have snapshots such as VMWare. So once you have created a  snapshot you can backup the image to another volume such as an external disk. So installing CentOS as a Virtual System would do any better when it comes to backup.

Cheers,
K.
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Starquest321Author Commented:
" So installing CentOS as a Virtual System would do any better when it comes to backup. "

I think you missed a word there. .  ..

CentOS as a virtual system would be better then CentOS as the primary system?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, VIrtual Machines are always easier to backup, compared to physical.
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Kerem ERSOYPresidentCommented:
" So installing CentOS as a Virtual System would do any better when it comes to backup. "

I think you missed a word there. .  ..

You're right it should have read:

So installing CentOS as a Virtual System would *NOT* do any better when it comes to backup.

Yes, VIrtual Machines are always easier to backup, compared to physical.

This is exactly what I mean.. You can create snapshots and back them up in either physical (CenTOS LVM provides this with a simple command line command)  or virtual.. So backupwise it is not important whether you have a physical or virtual system.

But when you install CentOS on a Hardware system you'll need to manage 2 physical servers (assuming you already have a Win 2K8 server) this should be your concern.
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
I second KeremE, install CentOS or Fedora on a physical system and use KVM/libvirt to set up a virtualized CentOS. Seems strange first but performance of the your CentOS VM will be much better thanks to virtio.

And compared to windows backing up linux is almost child's play, since you basically only need to copy/rsync the root volume.

I have to admit I am a big fan of KVM - the same functionality, often better performance (VMware is better in all this fancy graphic emulation - but I do not need it) - and costs you nothing. With Fedora, you can just install oVirt 3.1 if you need to expand.
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