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[Xen-users] Multiseat desktop virtualization using Xen/XenServer

  • To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • From: Bernhard Friedreich <friesoft@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:59:14 +0200
  • Delivery-date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:00:23 +0000
  • List-id: Xen user discussion <xen-users.lists.xen.org>


I've been searching for quite some time how to satisfy the following usecase:
* One big rig
* User 1: me using some Linux
* User 2: my wife using Windows
* both users should have acceptable 3D performance for playing games (gpu passthrough)
* each user has it's own monitor (User 1 should have dualscreen) and keyboard/mouse

Best case would be turning the machine on first boots Dom0. Once it is booted all installed VMs are automatically started and start on the assigned gpu output (monitor 0 on gpu 0 for me, monitor 1 on gpu 1 for my wife) with the configured devices assigned (usb keyboard/usb mouse).

The machine:
* Intel Core i7 4771
* 16GB RAM
* Intel Graphics 4600 for Dom0
* NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti for Guest 1
* NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti for Guest 2 (not yet bought)

I've tried XenServer which I found to be pretty cool (small Dom0 with nice managemnt console on the host) but I couldn't get the console to start displaying anything directly on the host (without connecting through VNC/...). GPU Passthrough was working though :)

Is such a setup possible with Xen? If not: is it possible at all with any other (free) software?

Any help is appreciated :)

Thanks & Bye,
Bernhard Friedreich

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