Building A Virtual Server

By | March 21, 2006

In this HowTo I will describe the steps to be taken to prepare a server for OpenVZ virtual machines on Debian 3.1 (Sarge) 32Bit Linux. With OpenVZ you can create multiple Virtual Private Servers (VPS) on the same hardware, similar to Xen and the Linux Vserver project.

OpenVZ is the open-source branch of Virtuozzo, a commercial virtualization solution used by many providers that offer virtual servers. The OpenVZ kernal patch is licensed under the GPL license, and the user-level tools are under the QPL license.

In the first chapter I will compile the linux kernel for Debian with the OpenVZ patches. This results in an easy-to-install .deb package. This is useful when you want to install OpenVZ on more than one server. The resulting Debian kernel package is available for download from downloads.howtoforge.com. You can skip the first chapter if the precompiled kernel fulfills your needs and install the kernel as described in chapter 1.2.Read Full Story

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