Best Hypervisor for a novice?
So I will be putting together my first pfsense box next week and Im trying to decide what hypervisor I should use, ESXI, Xen, Proxmox, etc. I just need this router to do openVPN with AES-NI enabled. Will the VM hurt the performance of AES-NI in anyway? Max throughput would be 120Mbps. I dont need any super datacenter/enterprise level functions as this will be for a home setup.
So basically I just want to know what is the most stable and problem free VM to use for a novice user.
ESXI works fine for me.
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VMware ESXi. Best of class, mature, free.
+1 for esxi, simple, free, works what else do you need?
ESXI, Xen, Proxmox are all classed as type 1 bare metal hypervisors so vm performance should be better than a hosted type 2 one. Try them all if you have the time and decide for yourself.
Personally, running pfsense on esxi and hyper-v is stable. Most problems are the ones I make myself.
Have you had previous experience with Type-2 hypervisors?
Ive always worked with VMWare's Workstation (ESXi) and Oracle's VirtualBox (Oracle VM Server/Xen) so I think it would have been better to choose between those two. I went with ESXi by recommendation and, even though Ive recently started with Type-2 Hyper-V, I would still use ESXi. Its easy to work with if you have used Workstation.
Oh, use ESXi 6.0 ESXi 5.5 had a huge bug for me personally that wrecked my life for a year!!!! (it was a personal case for me as I have not read it anywhere else)
I believe Hyper-V is a type 1.
You may want to read up on the difference between monolithic(VMSphere) and microkernalized(Hyper-V) Hypervisors.
Any Type 1 will fork fine. If you want to run it on your personal PC and not on a server that is dedicated for virtualisation, use VirtalBox, VmWare or KVM.
I use VmWare Workstation 11 for a pfSense VM. So far, it is working great. Only downside I had with ESXI was due to Hardware compatibility with a NIC card. Otherwise, ESXI looked very impressive.
Depending on what you have access to I would recommend hyper-v. I used to use VMware but due to issues like expensive support and limitations with API on free version I decided to go with Hyper-V. As a Microsoft partner I get unlimited free critical support from Microsoft.
There is also a free version if Altaro which you install ib the host And will give you up to 2 vm backups for free.
Also if you want with hyper-v 2012 you get free replication which is really nice!!!