Linux Journal: Configuring a Linux/VMware GSX Server
Jul 04, 2002, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeffrey McDonald)
"Last time we talked, I described how you could utilize
a single high-powered computer running Linux and VMware GSX server
to host many virtual servers running Windows NT, 2000, 98, FreeBSD
and so on. In this article, we will talk about how to configure a
Red Hat Linux server for the VMware GSX environment, add additional
network interface cards to reduce virtual server bottlenecks and
add an external drive array to provide plenty of disk space for our
SQL databases and VMs.
"Out of the box, the Linux kernel comes configured to support a
great many devices, filesystems and networking protocols. But only
a small portion of the supported devices are needed for a typical
GSX server, and some that aren't included in the default kernel may
need to be added. For some of you, the stock kernel configuration
may work fine for your GSX implementation. Depending on your needs
or any special hardware requirements, however, you may have to
resort to building a custom kernel. For the purposes of this
article, we will be using Red Hat 7.2 with the 2.4.2-17smp kernel.
If you are using a different distribution for your GSX server
(SuSE, Caldera or TurboLinux), make the necessary kernel
modifications that match your version..."