Host System

The first step in setting this up is figuring out what you will want. The basic concept here is that the 'host' computer is the one with all the memory, storage, and processing capacity. The Host computer will then only really be running two significant services:

  • SSH - for connecting remotely to the host server
  • VirtualBox - for managing the various virtual machines that we will be setting up to do the actual things we want done.

The overhead associated running the minimal activities of the host are really incredibly small and could be done on something as small as a Raspberry Pi or even a really old laptop. You should reserve about 512 MB of RAM and 10 GB of storage for use by the host system exclusively, and a processor with more cores is better than a processor with fewer, just because multiple virtual machines may be using it at the same time and the extra processing threads will come in handy. The only reason that you'll be needing serious resources is for the virtual machines that we will be running on this platform. Here are the virtual servers that I plan to be setting up and the resources I expect to give each one:

  • File Storage- 2 GB RAM - 1 TB storage
  • Minecraft - 4 GB RAM - 20 GB storage
  • Windows Remote - 4 GB RAM - 200 GB storage

In all, we are looking at a host system that should have at least 10.5 GB of Ram and 1.23 TB of storage. We'll need more if we expect that we will want to add more services later. You can gain some reliability and speed for this host system by using a separate solid state drive for the host OS.

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