Requesting a VM

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Here at CCIS we offer two centralised virtualization platforms VMware and Xen
We also have a Linux desktop solution called qemu

Note CCIS Systems will be transitioning from Xen to KVM in the near future.

Deciding which virtual solution is right for you

Both VMware and Xen hypervisors support Linux, Windows, Solaris, and some of the BSDs as guests.

Presently CCIS only we run CCIS supported Ubuntu 9.04 server clients on our Xen servers.

The following operating systems are officially supported on ESX servers:

Please note that you are responsible to provide the Operating System Software as well as any application software.

How big a VM do I need?

Each OS requires different amounts of disk and ram to function adequately. Too little and the system will become unusable, too much wastes resources. Unlike physical hardware, with virtual hardware this is no longer a problem. By creating the VM at a reasonable minimum size and adding resources as needed we can ensure your VM will operate at peak performance and efficiency.

  • A recommended stating point for most OS’s is 512 MB RAM and an 8 GB drive
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 should start out with 1 GB RAM and an 18 GB drive
  • Once you decide on what type and size of VM you need simply email systems with the following information:

  • Which hypervisor (Xen or VMware)
  • Which OS
  • What size virtual Hard Drive
  • How much virtual RAM
  • What host name
  • Estimated usage(Bandwidth,CPU, &c.)
  • Estimate on how long you will need it
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