Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: Latest Enterprise Linux OS from Red Hat Shines in Server Room Roles

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2010-12-03
 
 
 

Latest Enterprise Linux OS from Red Hat Shines in Server Room Roles

by Jason Brooks

Latest Enterprise Linux OS from Red Hat Shines in Server Room Roles

Virtualization Host Install Option

I was pleased to find an easy virtualization host option in the RHEL 6 installer—something I missed in recent tests of Fedora 14.

Virtualization Host Install Option

Virtualization Tools

The graphical tools that ship with RHEL 6 have improved over the years, but I'm looking forward to testing Red Hat's separate RHEV management package.

Virtualization Tools

Windows Server 2008 on RHEL 6

I installed a Windows Server 2008 R2 guest instance atop my RHEL 6 host.

Windows Server 2008 on RHEL 6

Guest Instance Registration Miscues

It took me a bit of time to figure out how to take advantage of the guest allowances for RHN that come with RHEL 6 entitlements.

Guest Instance Registration Miscues

PHP Apps

I put one of my RHEL 6 VMs to work hosting an instance of Mediawiki.

PHP Apps

Memory Overcommit

After creating a Control Group to ensure that I didn't lose access to my host, I began cloning and firing up enough VMs to overcommit my available RAM.

Memory Overcommit

RHEL 6 on the Desktop

While aimed primarily at server roles, RHEL 6 can also perform well as a desktop operating system.

RHEL 6 on the Desktop

SELinux Sandbox

I was able to launch a Firefox instance within an SELinux-powered security sandbox.

SELinux Sandbox

Rocket Fuel