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Event: Virtualization
State: Completed
Start date: 2011/09/28
Start time: 19:00
End date: 2011/09/28
End time: 22:00
Contact: PsychiC
Kind: Lecture
Location: Location::ACKspace
Short description: Sharing virtual knowledge


  1. Vicarious
  2. Roelke
  3. Prodigity

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Virtualization, not Virtualisation....

In an upcoming session I (PsychiC) would like to share some thoughts about virtualization. What does it actually mean and what does it actually do ? There are many forms of virtualization ranging from applications to networking, each having unique capabilities and many integrate with eachother to create a virtual platform.

I will focus on the aspects we are able to use in the hackerspace, thus providing a base for participants to explore the possibilities of virtualization.

For now you won't need any hardware for this will be a paper talk only.


On Wednesday 28th of September 2011 I will tell you how you can get your own virtual server at

At first I will talk about the differences between desktop and server virtualization.

The software we will use is VMware vSphere 4.x with a free license. This is a type-1 hypervisor running directly on the bare metal without any additional host operation system.

I will briefly show you the tool to administer the virtual machines, called the VMware vSphere Infrastructure Client.

We will create some virtual servers and explain how to reach them from the outside world.

If you have a server/service you would like to run having full control over it, this is your chance without having to pay for hardware or colocation.

Basics / Desktop

On 3th June 2011 I will start with a few basics around desktop/virtualization using VMware player/workstation/server. The basics should apply to other host-based virtualization software like virtualbox.

There are two platforms I would like to mention.

All software used is free of charge. Although I have only included the info for debian 6.0 these products run on multiple O/S.

VMware player. Desktop virtualization platform from VMware. Closed source. Very good range of supported client O/S.

Virtualbox. Desktop virtualization platform from Oracle. (mostly) Open source. Descent range of supported client O/S.

I have put some small notes/links here about the things you need for running a host based virtual "platform".

Last updated 27-may-2011

For running this kind of software in linux you need to get the linux-headers for your version.

Example :

uname -a : Linux overmind 2.6.32-5-686 #1 SMP Wed May 18 07:08:50 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-2.6.32-5-all-i386