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To Virtualize or Not to Virtualize?


Nightcreeper
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Ok, hello everyone I am new to the site, and after reading an article on the "Super-Router" decided to join, as there seems to be a lot of like-minded (compared to me) people here. I have a couple of servers as follows:

 

1) Dell CS24-SC Dual L5420 Xeons (Quad 2.5Ghz Per Proc) - 16GB RAM - 80GB 10K WD Enterprise HDD {Rack Mount}

2) Dell Poweredge 2900 Gen 2 Dual X5365 Xeons (Quad 3Ghz per Proc) - 20GB RAM - 3x 10k rpm 146GB SAS Drives (RAID0) + 5x 250GB SATA Drives (RAID5)

 

The Rackmount is the one I want to (and currently am; Untangle 9.4.2) using as a UTM device/Router.

 

I would like to run something more efficient as the router side of things such as the Super-Router with PFsense + Untangle, and at one point, I was running PFSense as my router OS but it didn't have the "total" package threat system untangle does, so, I went with untangle, never fathoming the fact I could virtualize and run both. I have about 8 computers and about 6 portable devices at my house that we use regularly, plus the other server (minecraft and private WOW) that is up usually.

My setup is as follows:

Linksys Cable Modem -> CS24-SC -> Linksys SRW2016 Gigabit Switch -> Computers and a Linksys E4200V2 (Wireless AP via Bridge Mode)

 

Would you recommend to Virtualize and if so which system?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Need more information.

 

Where is the UT at present?

 

Should it not be right after the cable modem?

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The CS24-SC is the server with the UT on... as per his OP

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Sorry. Didn't read the post slowly enough.

 

I think in the end "geek accountant" gave up on his super router!

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If you virtualize it you will have to use ESXi, Zen, or something other than Hyper-V.  If you want to invest the time, it should work pretty nicely but personally I would just pick one.  They have their strengths but considering the complication of setting up a VM host (assuming you are not already running one) it does not seem worth.  That said, if you already have something setup by way of a VM host, than if nothing else it would be fun to do.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Absolutely virtualize.  I was using Untangle for a while, and I had minimal issues running on Hyper-V.  Unfortunately, it does require that you use "legacy" network adapters which are less efficient, but unless you're running 50Mbps internet connections, you should be fine.  Personally, I did switch to Sophos UTM, which I found to be a lot easier to manage.  They have a free license for home use.

 

As far as which machine, I would simply pick the one that I would never turn off.  My guess is that the first server in your list has the lowest power draw.

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