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Run Mac desktops virtually on PC servers
Authored by: Lectrick on Oct 09, '08 09:31:40AM

While I feel that Apple is (or should be) probably examining this market very closely, I think the legality of this solution at this time (based on the current OS X licensing model) is questionable at best, and is existing only due to Apple's inaction at this time.

That said, I would love a solution like this. I managed to install OS X Server just the other day in a VMWare Fusion 2.0 VM (which IS allowed by the current licensing) and it was rather stunning to see it live.

In /dev/null, no one can hear you scream

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Run Mac desktops virtually on PC servers
Authored by: codebilly on Oct 09, '08 09:45:44AM

I double checked legal issues. DiscCloud is 100% Apple License Compliant. It does not allow you to install OS X in the virtual machine and contains no OS X code or binary. It only works with Mac OS X Leopard clients also.

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Run Mac desktops virtually on PC servers
Authored by: neill on Oct 10, '08 05:23:24AM

So . . . Mr. codebilly . . . you're the one claiming that this is the best thing since sliced bread.

Do you . . .or do you not . . . work with for or have an association with this company?

Please explain technically exactly how this works. I'm sure you can do that without giving away any of your proprietery information.

This looks like simply using Leopard installed on your local machine with a fast user switch to another user whose home directory is located in your "cloud". Alternatively . . . since VMWare is involved . . .what operating system is this VM running, how does that run Leopard client, and how does Leopard client get installed onto the VM without violating Apple's EULA.

If you want to shill for them . . . don't hide behind your plain vanilla claims . . . tell us exactly how this virtualizes Leopard and what happens when you (a) are away from the network or (b) want to get to this virtualized Leopard from another Mac.

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Run Mac desktops virtually on PC servers
Authored by: neill on Oct 09, '08 01:24:21PM

I'm not actually sure how much good this is in practice. Sure . . . you're now running a virtualized Leopard Server . . . but don't have have to have a real Leopard to run the virtualized machine on top of? The host machine could probably even be running Leopard client version . . . but then you're limited to the performance you can get out of whatever hardware you're running it on. I guess if you wanted to run multiple Leopard virtual servers and let one be mail, one be web, and one be file that would work . . . but you're still limited to the available performance on the hostmachine.

Might be good for doing some testing . . . but I would think that trying to run actual production servers this way quickly bogs down the host hardware. Toss the overhead of the virtualization on top of multiple virtual machines and (other then testing) . . . I'm not sure I see the point.

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