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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 2.1: What's the best virtualization solution?

Best practices for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 are explored in this expert response from Anil Desai.

I am using Linux Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 and want to install VMware or Microsoft Virtual Server. Which is the better option for RHEL 2.1? Or, do I have to have a later version of RHEL?

Both VMware and Microsoft support Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 2.1 (update 6) on their virtualization platforms. For example, see Microsoft's Web page, Linux Guest Support for Virtual Server 2005 R2. Since the primary technical requirement is that the guest operating system (in this case RHEL 2.1) must support the virtual hardware configuration, you shouldn't have any problems.

Keep in mind that installing OS-specific drivers (usually provided with the virtualization product) can help increase overall performance.

This was first published in August 2007

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