Have you ever wanted to play around with(test ;) MySQL replication/clustering techniques, LVS/Apache load balancing etc but didn't have the hardware available and where smart enough not to use a production environment?
Well an easy way to be able to do this is by creating a sandbox environment using something like qemu, xen, vmware or UML which allow you to create virtual machines running inside a protected environment on your own desktop machine or whatever hardware you have spare, just be sure you have enough memory. This article will cover setting up a sandbox using UML.
My GNU distro of choice is Archlinux and this article will be based around it, but you should be able to take [Read more...]
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