[dba-Tech] Check out Distros

Francisco Tapia fhtapia at gmail.com
Thu Aug 8 23:23:25 CDT 2019

You boys are living the dream :). I’ve been playing with Azure VMs and kubernetes. Ideally building a template here allows you to spin up as many windows server/sql server instances while you test different scenarios.

Pretty slick but no on prem hardware :,(
On Jul 12, 2019, 2:05 PM -0700, John Colby <jwcolby at gmail.com>, wrote:
> I run VMs on my Unraid server. It runs on an AMD 2600 6c/12t with 32 gigs
> RAM. I can manually assign the core and the matching thread for that code.
> Pretty handy.
> With my current cpu I tend to pass in 2 cores and 4 threads. It really
> runs pretty well considering it is Windows 10 Pro. If I were to need more
> horse power I can just shut down the vm, assign more cores and bring it
> back up. Dito assign memory as needed. Also pretty handy. I can (and do)
> pass in my AMD RX580 video card to the VM as well which means native
> graphics. I can also pass in a mouse and keyboard so it is essentially a
> full blown hardware system in a VM. BTW the VM "drive" file is hosted on a
> 1 tb NVME SSD drive.
> ATM I only run Linux Mint latest version. Technically it looks very
> similar to the Windows VM. I don't know Linux well enough to do battle
> with various distros. Mint just works and so that is what I use.
> I have been waiting for the new Ryzen 3xxx CPUs which are with us now. I
> was dreaming of a 16c / 32t in this machine. The 12c / 24t is released,
> though not in stock. TBH now I am waiting for Intel to drop their prices
> to see if AMD drops theirs as well. $500 for a 12c / 24t is just too rich
> for my blood. My dream had the 16c / 32t at that price. OK... my fantasy
> had that price.
> But given I have been patiently waiting for the better part of a year, I
> suppose i can manage a few more months to see what black friday brings. 😁
> On Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 8:02 PM Jim Lawrence <accessd at shaw.ca> wrote:
> > Hi All:
> >
> > For those of who a familiar with a few desktop versions of Linux here is a
> > location that will allow you to pre-test a version before ever trying to
> > install it on your system:
> >
> > https://distrotest.net/
> >
> > Depending on the version you select to review it may take longer to
> > complete a OS clone and display on your browser screen. There will also be
> > a bit a delay between mouse movement and selection but of course the
> > version is an OS that is running remotely and is only as quick as your
> > internet bandwidth. Some distros are as little as 60K and others can be up
> > to 4GB (Considering the size of a fully install Windows 10 distro may be
> > 40GB in size.)
> >
> > Aside: The server hosting the Linux clones are using the Debian core
> > distro and the incredible QEMU emulator and virtualizer (Xen and KVM
> > virtual machines.):
> >
> > https://www.qemu.org/
> >
> > For more information on emulators and virtualizers check out the following:
> >
> > https://www.techradar.com/news/best-virtual-machine-software
> >
> > Aside: It is fairly easy to run up a Windows 10 OS distro on my Ubuntu
> > desktop. (https://dennisnotes.com/note/20180614-ubuntu-18.04-qemu-setup/)
> > Good fun but as Windows is a pig and a slow one at that. Setting up remote
> > access works but only tried a couple of connections to the virtual Windows
> > 10 system. My test was running off a small 64bit Linux desktop with only
> > 8GB of RAM...should have 16GB. There is a few ways to completely strip out
> > all the bloatware and create a smaller image but I have not tried that yet.
> > VirtualBox and VMware could be used but this product is definitely faster.
> >
> > Jim
> >
> >
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