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I might check those out if I get stuck with my Hyper-V setup. XCP-en seems pretty good from what I've messed with it so far, if I understand right it's from the Xen Orchestra guys. It's probably overly optimistic, but I'd love to learn in a few years that Citrix has to discontinue making hypervisor products entirely due to a lack of sales caused by sending all their customers to the FOSS community. It's only main problem thusfar seems to be that you can't get the windows version of Xen Tools 8.2 anymore, so Windows VMs run without proper guest mode tools. They have open source versions of Xen Tools for Linux, but Windows seems low priority for them.That really sucks, I had actually looked at trying Xenserver again recently, and I think I got a 404 for a link and was thinking that is a bit rubbish, then I remembered the fun times I had before with it, and just decided I can't be bothered with trying it again, I didn't look into it any further. I am not even surprised however, Citrix has always been a bit like that. KVM seems to be the best, although not sure what the best management interface is for it. Proxmox is also quite popular, I have used that and for most part seems good, although it can have issues too.
Yep, I am running Hyper-V Core. Just talking about my own use, I have a subscription to what used to be called the Microsoft Action Pack Service (I think it's still called MAPS, anyway?), so I can setup a 5 seat Windows Server build if I want, I just haven't. I might setup a Samba DC and try connecting Hyper-V Core to it just to see what happens. For the moment at least, my personal VM needs are pretty tame, and mostly related to dumb experiments like the time I used WSL to replace windows 10 Pro's SMB with Samba, although I am doing prep for setting up an opnsense firewall VM- I want to start getting into multiple vlans as preparation for a long term goal of updating the house into a smarthome. (Ideally I want to keep any smarthome stuff fully isolated from the internet for concerns ranging from privacy to security.)I run Hyper-V on Windows 2012 R2, and although I will move away from Windows once that hits end of support, I do actually quite like Hyper-V, it actually runs FTV/MATV's dev servers. I have a standard license, which allows for the Hyper-V server and for 2 more installs as virtuals, so its a nice way to get 3 Windows servers from a single license. I can run any number of virtual machines, subject to hardware performance. I do not have a domain controller, and not even using active directory, it is just being a graphical OS and Hyper-V host. I have not needed to do any regedits, I just RDP into either the hyper visor or any of the virtual machines.
Are you perhaps running the Hyper-V core, the free one with no Windows GUI? and thus why you need the Hyper-V manager on a different host? If so then yes I consider that not worth the hassle, which is why I purchased Windows 2012 R2 Standard. You can get them fairly cheap on eBay, I have even seen data centre licenses which include unlimited Windows virtuals, I think I have seen them sub $200. Make sure it is a genuine and sealed physical microsoft DVD with oem or such license, not some trial or 'student' license, and certainly not any of the 'keys' or 'digital downloads' as those are just pirate scams. If the seller knows the key, its fake.
I am curious to learn Docker/Kubernetes at some point, but low free time and an abundance of projects stand in the way, lol. In the not so distant future, it looks like there'll be a number of decent off the shelf Pi CM4 cluster based home platforms for hobby use, so I am looking forward to maybe dabbling in that if free time and product availability somehow line up. (That said, I only know a vague abstract of what those technologies do, so part of the fun is going to be learning details and finding out ways I can actually use them.)
Oh! From context it sounded like it might have been a business migration. Personal ones are way less headache inducing.Well I am sort of cheating, I set it up with just a single phone and new number and it has been running for several months, its had some issues which I had to work out, but It is only a family house phone I am moving so when happy with it I can just port the number over from the landline to the voip. It isn't some huge corp enviroment, although I have worked with those and some have been terrible.
Good thinking on the sabbatical. People seriously underestimate the degree of contagions the IT team has to deal with. (Keyboards need to be easier to sanitize. ) It's good that it's letting you go at personal projects and get some physical stuff done. There's something just deeply satisfying about fixing things that stay fixed and don't need to be rebooted every few days.All of these are personal projects, even the tech ones. I left work just prior to the pandemic and stayed off when it hit to look after family. I do consider fully remote roles when recruiters call, but I'm not actively seeking a new role at the moment. I want to wait until there is a suitable level of normality / safety, take the family holiday which was cancelled previously, then go back to work. The tech projects I do for my own interests, and it keeps me upto date. The carpentry I do because it needs doing and we are fed up of hireing people who do the absolute bare minimum job and usually do it badly. i have built basic benches in the past for things, and replaced a door frame. I actually find it somewhat relaxing when taking it slow. And I know when it is done, exactly how well it was done, I know where the not so great bits are and the compromises. When we hire someone, we find out how badly it was done usually when it fails epically and I often look at it and go, why? That would have taken 5 minutes to have done that bit properly, and now I have to do all of it again because water got in and it rotted.