The title might be misleading as I don’t know what to call what I’m looking for. I run a lot of VM’s (Windows, RHEL, Ubuntu, etc) but right now my host OS (Windows 7) consumes a lot of memory. I would like to run the most stripped down boot on my laptop and then run a large # of VM’s.
Things I need to run:
- Windows Client OS (see some of my previous posts on the reasoning behind this)
- Windows Server OSes (for multiple demos I must run: Altiris, Symantec DLP, etc)
- RHEL (for testing w/ Altiris)
- Kubuntu/Ubuntu for my contribution to the Ubuntu Community
As far as I understand most Hypervisors, ESX, Xen, Hyper-V boot to a stripped down OS, then allow you to run multiple virtual machines. However I would have to use some other type of device to access those VMs. Example: RDP into my Windows Server running on ESXi.
My goal would be to boot into the Host OS, then start up the needed VM. If I needed Windows I would power on my Windows Client and access/work in a graphical environment.
Does what I am looking for make sense? Does something already exist? Or am I just smoking something