"We're going to build a stout machine fit for testing server
operating systems, that can be quickly re-configured and run
whatever we throw on it. Follow along as Paul Ferrill walks us
through the hardware, and then the software.
"Last year we built a DIY Linux workstation with an eye toward
creating a high-end development machine with the ability to run
multiple virtual machines at the same time. This year we're going
to build a machine fit for testing server operating systems to
include functioning as a KVM or Xen virtual host. The other goal is
to have a flexible machine capable of being quickly reconfigured
for testing purposes. As new versions of operating systems are
released, they need to be tested with any custom software
applications before putting them into production. Our DIY server
will, hopefully, fulfill this role perfectly."