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Old 03-02-2012, 07:51 PM
Tanstaafl
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

Hi all,

Would anyone here be interested in being paid to create a hardened VM
image for me that will run on a Microsoft Hyper-V host?


If so, what would you be willing to do this for?

Feel free to email me directly...

Thanks

Charles
 
Old 03-03-2012, 07:21 PM
Tanstaafl
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

On 2012-03-02 3:51 PM, Tanstaafl <tanstaafl@libertytrek.org> wrote:

Would anyone here be interested in being paid to create a hardened VM
image for me that will run on a Microsoft Hyper-V host?

If so, what would you be willing to do this for?

Feel free to email me directly...


No one has a template they can use to simply clone me a ready to go
hardened VM?


Or interested in earning a little money?
 
Old 03-03-2012, 11:26 PM
Michael Orlitzky
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

On 03/03/2012 03:21 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:

On 2012-03-02 3:51 PM, Tanstaafl<tanstaafl@libertytrek.org> wrote:

Would anyone here be interested in being paid to create a hardened VM
image for me that will run on a Microsoft Hyper-V host?

If so, what would you be willing to do this for?

Feel free to email me directly...


No one has a template they can use to simply clone me a ready to go
hardened VM?

Or interested in earning a little money?



It's probably the "Microsoft Hyper-V" part that's scaring people away.
You can do a hardened install in a few hours with KVM or VirtualBox, but
I don't want to,


a) Figure out how Hyper-V works, and where to get it
b) Find a spare machine
c) Install a copy of Windows for testing
 
Old 03-04-2012, 12:09 AM
"Francisco Blas Izquierdo Riera (klondike)"
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

El 04/03/12 01:26, Michael Orlitzky escribió:
> On 03/03/2012 03:21 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:
>> On 2012-03-02 3:51 PM, Tanstaafl<tanstaafl@libertytrek.org> wrote:
>>> Would anyone here be interested in being paid to create a hardened VM
>>> image for me that will run on a Microsoft Hyper-V host?
>>>
>>> If so, what would you be willing to do this for?
>>>
>>> Feel free to email me directly...
>>
>> No one has a template they can use to simply clone me a ready to go
>> hardened VM?
>>
>> Or interested in earning a little money?
>>
>
> It's probably the "Microsoft Hyper-V" part that's scaring people away.
Or maybe he should just ask on gentoo-hardened where many other users
including paid ones roam.
> You can do a hardened install in a few hours with KVM or VirtualBox,
> but I don't want to,
This depends on how you define hardened, there are some known issues
involving hardening and virtualization.
 
Old 03-04-2012, 02:55 AM
Pandu Poluan
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

On Mar 4, 2012 8:13 AM, "Francisco Blas Izquierdo Riera (klondike)" <klondike@gentoo.org> wrote:

>

> El 04/03/12 01:26, Michael Orlitzky escribió:

> > On 03/03/2012 03:21 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:

> >> On 2012-03-02 3:51 PM, Tanstaafl<tanstaafl@libertytrek.org> *wrote:

> >>> Would anyone here be interested in being paid to create a hardened VM

> >>> image for me that will run on a Microsoft Hyper-V host?

> >>>

> >>> If so, what would you be willing to do this for?

> >>>

> >>> Feel free to email me directly...

> >>

> >> No one has a template they can use to simply clone me a ready to go

> >> hardened VM?

> >>

> >> Or interested in earning a little money?

> >>

> >

> > It's probably the "Microsoft Hyper-V" part that's scaring people away.

> Or maybe he should just ask on gentoo-hardened where many other users

> including paid ones roam.

> > You can do a hardened install in a few hours with KVM or VirtualBox,

> > but I don't want to,

> This depends on *how you define hardened, there are some known issues

> involving hardening and virtualization.

>


Or gentoo-server. After all, Hyper-V is currently aimed for server environs, so the server guys should have better ideas.


(disclosure: I'm a server guy, but unfortunately have no experience at all with Hyper-V; my infrastructure runs exclusively on Xen)


Rgds,
 
Old 03-04-2012, 03:14 PM
Tanstaafl
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

On 2012-03-03 7:26 PM, Michael Orlitzky <michael@orlitzky.com> wrote:

On 03/03/2012 03:21 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:

No one has a template they can use to simply clone me a ready to go
hardened VM?

Or interested in earning a little money?



It's probably the "Microsoft Hyper-V" part that's scaring people away.


Ahh... good point...

What are peoples opinions of ESXi? The guys I'm considering using are
perfect for everything else, but they only have experience with
Microsoft Hyper-V and ESXi. I don't think they have *any* experience
with Xen on Linux, but I dunno about XenServer (I'll find out)...


On 2012-03-03 10:55 PM, Pandu Poluan <pandu@poluan.info> wrote:
> On Mar 4, 2012 8:13 AM, "Francisco Blas Izquierdo Riera (klondike)"
> <klondike@gentoo.org <mailto:klondike@gentoo.org>> wrote:
>> El 04/03/12 01:26, Michael Orlitzky escribió:
>> Or maybe he should just ask on gentoo-hardened where many other users
>> including paid ones roam.

> Or gentoo-server. After all, Hyper-V is currently aimed for server
> environs, so the server guys should have better ideas.
>
> (disclosure: I'm a server guy, but unfortunately have no experience
> at all with Hyper-V; my infrastructure runs exclusively on Xen)

Hi Pandu,

At first I thought you meant Xen proper, but as I was googling about
Xen/XenServer+Gentoo I stumbled on this blog post of yours from about 7
months ago:


http://pepoluan.posterous.com/finally-gentoo-pv-on-xenserver-without-initrd

So - are you using Xen? Or Citrix's XenServer?

Do you have any experience running virtualized Microsoft Servers on Xen
(or XenServer)?


If so, would you be interested in some contract work (if so, please
contact me directly)...


Thanks for the replies everyone...
 
Old 03-04-2012, 03:35 PM
Tanstaafl
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

On 2012-03-03 10:55 PM, Pandu Poluan <pandu@poluan.info> wrote:

On Mar 4, 2012 8:13 AM, "Francisco Blas Izquierdo Riera (klondike)"
<klondike@gentoo.org <mailto:klondike@gentoo.org>> wrote:



El 04/03/12 01:26, Michael Orlitzky escribió:

It's probably the "Microsoft Hyper-V" part that's scaring people away.



Or maybe he should just ask on gentoo-hardened where many other users
including paid ones roam.



Or gentoo-server.


Hmmm... I used to be subscribed, but I seem to recall unsubscribing
because it seemed essentially dead...


But I'll go sub again and post there...

Thanks...
 
Old 03-04-2012, 04:05 PM
Pandu Poluan
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

On Mar 4, 2012 11:17 PM, "Tanstaafl" <tanstaafl@libertytrek.org> wrote:

>

>

> What are peoples opinions of ESXi? The guys I'm considering using are perfect for everything else, but they only have experience with Microsoft Hyper-V and ESXi. I don't think they have *any* experience with Xen on Linux, but I dunno about XenServer (I'll find out)...


>


ESXi is good enough. It's a 'jack of all trades', runs everything Good Enoughâ„¢, but gets expensive in the long run. Plus, its hypervisor is heavier than Hyper-V and Xen/XenServer, although not by much.



XenServer runs Linux guests extremely well; ever since 2.6.38 IIRC, all paravirtual knobs are part of the kernel. This enables the highest performance possible for a guest Linux VM. Windows performance is acceptable; the PV drivers help a lot. It's not perfect, but still acceptable by all measurements.



Hyper-V is still struggling to make Linux VMs run well; requisite drivers for running Linux in paravirtual mode just recently got pulled into Linus's tree. IMO, it won't be ready for production Linux VMs until 2013, or late 2012 at the earliest.



One 'trick' when making VMs under VMware: the VMXnet subsystem, although at first sounds like it will be a boost to performance (paravirtual device), is not really stable; I've heard lots of grief. Just provide a bog-standard emulated e1000 for the guest VMs.



>

> On 2012-03-03 10:55 PM, Pandu Poluan <pandu@poluan.info> wrote:

> > On Mar 4, 2012 8:13 AM, "Francisco Blas Izquierdo Riera (klondike)"

> > <klondike@gentoo.org <mailto:klondike@gentoo.org>> wrote:

> >> El 04/03/12 01:26, Michael Orlitzky escribió:

> >> Or maybe he should just ask on gentoo-hardened where many other users

> >> including paid ones roam.

>

> > Or gentoo-server. After all, Hyper-V is currently aimed for server

> > environs, so the server guys should have better ideas.

> >

> > (disclosure: I'm a server guy, but unfortunately have no experience

> > at all with Hyper-V; my infrastructure runs exclusively on Xen)

>

> Hi Pandu,

>

> At first I thought you meant Xen proper, but as I was googling about Xen/XenServer+Gentoo I stumbled on this blog post of yours from about 7 months ago:

>

> http://pepoluan.posterous.com/finally-gentoo-pv-on-xenserver-without-initrd

>

> So - are you using Xen? Or Citrix's XenServer?

>


Well, both *are* based on the exact same Xen hypervisor. The differences between pure Xen and XenServer: Citrix provided a CentOS-based dom0 that's guaranteed to Just Worksâ„¢, and Citrix also provides mature management tools (Windows-based) that will greatly ease the management of your VMs and pools. Plus, one gets "premium-level" support from Citrix.



That last bit of difference was the key deciding factor of my BoD.


FYI, Citrix XenServer Standard Edition is 100% gratis, so you can "take it out for a spin" first. Upgrading from the Standard Edition to the non-gratis Enterprise Edition or Platinum Edition is a simple matter of importing a "License Server VM" (image freely downloadable from Citrix) and putting the license file in that License Server.



> Do you have any experience running virtualized Microsoft Servers on Xen (or XenServer)?

>


I've successfully deployed the following OSes on XenServer for production: Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Gentoo Linux Hardened, Ubuntu Server, and Debian stable


The dev boxen also ran rPath Linux (part of OpenFiler), Windows XP SP3, Windows 7, and FreeBSD.


> If so, would you be interested in some contract work (if so, please contact me directly)...

>


Well, I'd like to help, but currently I'm transitioning to a new employer, and there's a fuckload of things and know-hows that I have to 'transfer' to my successors in the next two weeks :-


Rgds,
 
Old 03-05-2012, 12:38 AM
"Francisco Blas Izquierdo Riera (klondike)"
 
Default Pay for a hardened VM image

El 04/03/12 17:35, Tanstaafl escribió:
> Hmmm... I used to be subscribed, but I seem to recall unsubscribing
> because it seemed essentially dead...
We tend to be shy and not very active since we have many things to focus
on, but this also means posts hardly go by unread, so please don't
confuse lack of activity to death, the fact an alien is not moving
doesn't means he is dead and won't jump on your back as soon as you stop
looking
 

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