Physical and Virtual Machines

In this chapter, we will cover:

•   Physical systems

•   Hypervisor types

•   Using different hypervisor software

•   Low-cost devices

The core of your lab is going to be your systems. There are a couple of ways to do this. The first is to build your testing environment with physical systems. Even with the goal being to minimize cost, you can get a lot of bang for the buck. New systems aren’t terribly expensive, all things considered, and there are other options beyond new systems. So, you can certainly go the physical route if you have the space to accommodate the machines. This may mean some sacrifices, of course. As always, it depends on what your goal is. We’ll talk about what those sacrifices may ...

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