Citrix Xenserver PPC

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Lastic, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. Lastic macrumors 6502

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    Since I have a G5 Dual processor standing here resisting to sell it again since I have way too much machines
    , I thought of turning it into a Xenserver to serve virtual Windows sessions to the Powerbooks .

    I found this post

    https://www.reddit.com/r/admincraft/comments/29rm68/mac_powerpc_xenserver_centos6_bukkit164/

    and his screenshot

    http://i.imgur.com/oonlQxt.png

    and looks like there was a Power version ( prior to 3.2 ) for the IBM servers but also for a G5 ?

    Anybody ever played around with this ? or even better found a version that can be installed ?

    I only found a Demodisk which seems to be i386/x86 only , tried booting it on the G5 but no luck

    https://www.xenproject.org/downloads/xen-archives/legacy-xen-series/xen-303/demo-cd.html
     
  2. icarus523 macrumors newbie

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    He says:
    "I used Boot Camp to add an OS to the machine and then installed XenServer. The install was successful with almost no issues after the fact. Out of three drives on the machine, I only have one to work with though."

    Don't think he was using a powerpc mac, as bootcamp only refers to intel macs.
     
  3. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I'm certain the poster in that Reddit thread is mistaken and actually has a Mac Pro. A PowerPC CPU can't virtualize Windows. It can run emulators, but cannot virtualize operating systems for Intel x86 CPUs.
     
  4. Lastic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There was a PPC version , heavily pushed by IBM back in the days :

    ( from wikipedia )
    Target processors[edit]
    The Xen hypervisor has been ported to a number of processor families.

    • Intel: IA-32, IA-64 (before version 4.2[45]), x86-64
    • PowerPC: previously supported under the XenPPC project, no longer active after Xen 3.2[46]
    He might have used Bootcamp on an Intel machine to create a VM image ?

    Anyhow, I've registered on Reddit and sent a message to the author for more info.

    One can only dream ...
     
  5. chrfr, Sep 1, 2016
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    chrfr macrumors 603

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    That this existed for PowerPC does not mean that it could virtualize x86 operating systems.
     
  6. Lastic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Totally correct, since only QEMU or Virtual PC could do those on PPC .
     
  7. Lastic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well so far it looks like the author on Reddit had an Intel motherboard build into a G5 case, still waiting on more details.

    Installed XenServer 7 in the meanwhile on an Intel Nuc.
     

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