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Re: [Condor-users] Condor clients using virtual linux?

On Wed, Mar 29, 2006 at 01:38:37PM +0800, Greg.Hitchen@xxxxxxxx wrote:
> Hi All
> I've been asked to look into the possibility of adding virtual
> linux to windows boxes and installing the condor client on the
> linux VM.

> VMWare and VirtualPC are 2 examples of packages, although I'm led to
> believe that VMWare handles linux OS's better. Maybe there are others
> that are more suitable (or cheaper :))?

VMWare Player is free, as is now VMWare server. With the Intel 
virtualization hardware, Xen will be able to run native Linux 
distributions, so it will also compete. 

> 3) Is there a way for the condor client on the linux VM to know
> that the windows OS is busy (CPU, keyboard, mouse activity)?

The 6.7.18 release includes code for an "outer" startd to update an 
"inner" startd, where the outer startd would run on the host operating
system and the inner startd is running on a guest VM operating system,
to do exactly what you describe. It's not documented, and I'm not sure if
there's more to do in 6.7.19 before it works, or if it will work once we
get the documentation out there. Either way, you should upgrade to 6.7.18 :)