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    Merits of running Squeezebox Server on a virtual machine

    Hi,

    I'm planning to buy/build a home server, and am considering the merits of running Squeezebox Server on a VM. I'd be grateful for your opinions.

    At the moment my Squeezebox Server runs off a spare laptop, but I now need to use that laptop (because my main laptop has died), and so want to use this opportunity to get Squeezebox Server running on something a bit more solid and scalable.

    I'm thinking the home server will do the following:
    - Act as my primary file store
    - Act as my backup (I know it should be separate but that's a later step...)
    - Host my lossless music library for my Squeezebox
    - Host Squeezebox Server
    - Host a duplicate lossy music library for my portable player
    - Maybe also do some other media sharing (e.g. additional music sharing, video, etc.)

    So I'm wondering whether there is any value in running Squeezebox Server on a VM. Being a bit of a geek the idea appeals to me but are there any significant benefits in doing so?

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    If I understand you correctly, you are getting a new computer to run SBS and do those other tasks, and you want to know about the merits of doing that on a VM on the new computer? If that's right, then the first question is what will the non-VM (ie, the real/host machine) be doing? Unless you'll be doing something different with that, I don't see any reason to run SBS on a VM. You would just be dividing up computing resources when you don't need to.

    That said, I have found VMs useful for SBS. I often use beta versions of the server software, but my family doesn't want to be beta testers. So I run the current stable release on the host machine, and the nightly beta on the VM. Then I can connect any of my SBs to either version of SBS.

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    Old thread, but anyway.

    Runing Hyper-V and a guest windows server 2008 with media server, i have not been able to get a reliable synced playback with 2 duets. I guess the internal clock works differently i guest OS:es.

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    It works for me: Virtual Vortexbox 2.3 running on top an ESXi server

    not much more to say: It works streaming to hardware and software players.
    I never found time to fix not being able to save playlists but I do not believe it is related to the virtualization part

    In my configuration the audio/music files are exported from NAS (as NFS/CIFS/Mac) shares and imported (CIFS) by the virtual vortexbox via edit of etc/fstab.
    The root password is saved in clear text in a root read only file in its home directory to provide some minimum security.
    I have installed a couple of goodies on that box too: shellinabox, tonido server (for remote access), bits, among others.

    I guess, I could export the VM (config and virtual hard disk) and save it to USB flash drive for portability as the original poster wanted.
    I have not tried but see no reason why it should not work.

    Just for the record: Having a full unix system on a USB has definitely security issues


    Quote Originally Posted by sensei451 View Post
    Old thread, but anyway.

    Runing Hyper-V and a guest windows server 2008 with media server, i have not been able to get a reliable synced playback with 2 duets. I guess the internal clock works differently i guest OS:es.

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    Running LMS on a virtualized machine works fine, if the host system is powerful enough. You should consider to store your music files not on the virtualized guest but on the host. The virtualized system should be hosted on a SSD of the host.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otto-Wilhelm View Post
    Running LMS on a virtualized machine works fine, if the host system is powerful enough. You should consider to store your music files not on the virtualized guest but on the host. The virtualized system should be hosted on a SSD of the host.
    I run Erland's squeezebox image on virtualbox from my windows server 2012 r2 host. It's been running great for years. Nice thing is you can back it up, version it, move it to another machine if necessary. I still have my media on the server, and mount the media as a share (smb, if I recall). That way the image is pretty small.

    No problems syncing multiple rooms, and I have 7 squeezeboxes attached to the server (sb2, 2 sb3, 2 boom, 2 radio).

    http://erland.isaksson.info/arkiv/vboxsbsimages/

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