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virtualizing XP under Linux and remote IE testing

You could try vmware server will alow you to bypass rdp and just use the vm web console.  Might give better performance than rdp, but I'm not sure.  Though as has been said the hardware can make a big difference.  Especialy if your cpus and chipsets are designed for virtulization, ie amd-v or intel-vt.  

Another option would be loading virtual box on all machines and hosting just the images in a central location.  It would mean runing the vms locally but you could still control the images.  Really a local vm on a mac would give you the best performace by far.

------Original Message------
From: Ryan Pugatch
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To: discuss-FRuUovwvAoDYtjvyW6yDsg at
Subject: virtualizing XP under Linux and remote IE testing
Sent: Jan 20, 2010 11:42 PM

Hello all,

I currently have 32 Windows XP machines virtualized on a CentOS machine 
under Xen.  They're used for testing websites under IE (and are accessed 
via RDP).  Unfortunately, I have been having horrible performance issues 
with Windows XP under Xen.  I've emailed the centos-virt list to see if 
anyone has ideas about that.  What I'm hoping to find out from people on 
this list is other suggestions on what to use to virtualize XP under 
Linux or if Xen is what most people are using.  Secondly, I'm curious 
what people use for testing sites under Internet Explorer (my devs all 
use Macs, and I don't want to have them virtualize on their machines). 
Plus, they need to be able to test under IE6 and IE7/8.


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