What's your preferred solution for running a Windows VM on Linux?


@alienghic @ajroach42 sometimes virt-manager would just crash, but there's a range of options based on libvirt+qemu/kvm: different VNC and SPICE (or maybe RDP) clients, different ways of starting Qemu (including manual writing of the XML definitions to be submitted to virsh).
IDK if there is an option to run Wi***ws in a Xen domain.

@amiloradovsky @ajroach42 Virt-manager has worked pretty well for me, I think there's some spice support tools that I had to install into the windows VM.

But virt-manager is just a convenience, under the hood it's just running qemu.

And I'm pretty sure there's a way to do windows on xen as the big tech companies offer virtualized windows.

@alienghic @ajroach42 virt-manager, like everything from RedHat/IBM works pretty well for usual scenarios, until it suddenly doesn't.

Yes, you may need to install an "agent" into the guest to e.g. gather detailed performance statistics from within the VM.

Indeed, under the hood it runs Qemu, but there is also a pretty thick cruft of libvirt on top of it, to store the VM configuration and collect logs, and also manage the networking and storage.

I'm not sure about Wi***ws on Xen, because there was a Mi*****ft's own virtualization technology, competing with Xen. So they might just refuse to make a version of the kernel capable of running on top of Xen hypervisor.

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