Newbie virtualization questions

In an effort to learn about virtualization, I'd like to build a virtual machine; I'm specifically looking to build a Type I virtual desktop. What is the best specific software out there for that?
     Also, anyone know of any good tutorials on this subject. I thought I found some but turned out they focused more on the theory side of it. Anybody know of any resources that actually guide you, step-by-step, on how to install and configure it once you get the software?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Hi John

and welcome to Virtualization...

what resources do you have available, you can use Microsoft Windows 10 (Hyper-V), or VMware Workstation (paid app), Oracle Virtualbox (free) - take your pick ?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can use Hyper-V or get VMware Workstation to get started. I use the latter.

In (say) VMware Workstation, File, New Machine, set it up and point to the ISO (or CD) source for the machine. Start installation and once running, open the machine and set it up.

You need a 64-bit Host and 64-bit Operating system with VT-D enabled in BIOS to run Hyper-V or 64-bit guests.

1. File, New Virtual Machine
2. Custom (Advanced)
3. Machine level.
4. Point to the install image file (use that selection)

And then proceed.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
please check out my EE article: Some Hyper-V Hardware & Software Best Practices.

There is a lot of good information in there.

 + At least quad core
 + At least 64GB RAM
 + At least 2x SSD in RAID 0 or 4x SSD in RAID 10 (IOPS and throughput)
 + Add Intel i350-T4 PCIe NIC for vSwitch

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David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
Or if you're building straight up LAMP Stacks use Ubuntu + LXD, both of which are free.
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:

Why RAID 0. From my POV that is a wreck in the waiting.
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
For a test environment you can use ESX for 60 days for free before lose features.

If you have some older servers that have 64 or more RAM and dual processors minimum you can have some fun.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
On a lab machine? Does it matter? The cost/benefit is resilience versus performance.

If there is a concern about keeping whatever is on the machine (a backup would be an obvious thing to do) then RAID 10 with four SSDs.
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