Parallels Virtuozzo Containers

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is uniquely suited to Cloud server virtualization, enabling near instant provisioning and on-the-fly modification of hosting and Cloud server plans. Click below for frequently asked questions, documentation and other helpful tools to get the answers you need.

  1. Do you have any usage recommendations for Parallels Virtuozzo Containers?

    Yes, you can get information about Best practices and known limitation from these KB articles below:

    Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows:
    http://kb.parallels.com/112060

    Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Linux:
    http://kb.parallels.com/114232

  2. Do you have forums for Virtuozzo Containers?

    Yes, there are separate forums depending on your operating system.

    For access to the Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Linux, please go to:
    http://forum.parallels.com/forumdisplay.php?f=160

    For access to the Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows, please go to:
    http://forum.parallels.com/forumdisplay.php?f=210

  3. What are the system requirements for the Linux version?

    Linux System Requirements

    Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Linux runs on a wide variety of hardware and software configurations. Basic system requirements include:
    • Server hardware
    • Host operating system
    • Supported virtual OS distributions
    • Parallels Virtual Automation and Parallels Power Panel requirements

    Server Hardware

    • Platform: Any x86 or x64 platform that is supported by the host Linux operating system.
    • Memory: 1 GB or more. (required amount depends on the total number of containers you want to run on the server)
    • Disk space: At least 15 GB of free disk space. (required amount depends on the size of the software to be installed in containers)
    • Network interfaces: One or more network cards.

    The exact server configuration depends on how many containers you on the server and what load they generate.

    Host Operating System

    Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.7 can be installed on the following operating systems (both x86 and x64):
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
    • CentOS 6
    • CentOS 5

    Supported Virtual OS Distributions for Containers

    Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.7 allows you to create Containers running these Linux distributions:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, and 6
    • CentOS 4,5 and 6
    • Debian 5.0 and 6.0
    • Fedora 12, 13, 14
    • OpenSUSE 11 with Service Packs 1, 2, 3, and 4
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11
    • Ubuntu 8.04, 9.10, 10.04, and 10.10
  4. What are the system requirements for the Windows version?

    Windows System Requirements

    Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows runs on a wide variety of hardware and software configurations. The basic system requirements include:
    • Server hardware
    • Host operating system
    • Parallels Virtual Automation and Parallels Power Panel requirements

    Server Hardware Requirements

    • Platform: Any x86 or x64 platform that is supported by Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 (Pentium, AMD, and the like)
    • Memory: 2 GB or more is recommended. (required amount depends on the total number of containers planned to run on the node)
    • Disk Space: 20 GB or more free disk space. (required amount depends on the size of the software to be installed inside containers)

    Host Operating System

    x64 versions of Windows Server 2008 R2:
    • Windows Server 2008 R2, Datacenter Edition (US English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2, Enterprise Edition (US English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    • Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard Edition (US English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    x86 full versions of Windows Server 2008 with or without Hyper-V:
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition (US English)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Standard Edition (US English)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition (US English)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition (French, German, Japan, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition (French, German, Japan, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition (French, German, Japan, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    x86 full versions of Windows Server 2008 without Hyper-V:
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1, Datacenter Edition (German, Simplified Chinese)
    x86 versions of Windows Server 2003:
    • Standard or Enterprise Edition of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 with or without R2: US English, German, French, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
    • Standard or Enterprise Edition of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 with or without R2: US English, German, French, Italian, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
    • Standard or Enterprise Edition of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (Russian)
    • Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 with or without R2 (US English)
    • Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 with or without R2 (US English)
    x64 full versions of Windows Server 2008 with or without Hyper-V:
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition (US English)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Standard Edition (US English)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition (US English)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, Enterprise Edition (French, Japan, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, Standard Edition (French, German, Japan, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2, Datacenter Edition (French, German, Japan, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Simplified Chinese)
    x64 full versions of Windows Server 2008 without Hyper-V:
    • Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1, Datacenter Edition (German, Simplified Chinese)
    x64 versions of Windows Server 2003:
    • Standard or Enterprise Edition of Windows Server 2003 x64 Service Pack 1 with or without R2 (US English, Japanese)
    • Standard or Enterprise Edition of Windows Server 2003 x64 Service Pack 2 with or without R2 (US English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese)
    • Standard or Enterprise Edition of Windows Server 2003 x64 Service Pack 2 (Russian)
    • Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2003 x64 Service Pack 1 with or without R2 (US English)
    • Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2003 x64 Service Pack 2 with or without R2 (US English)
    • Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2003 x64 with Service Pack 2 (Japanese)

    NOTE: The operating system must be activated before you start installing Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.6

  5. Where can I find information on hardware compatibility?

    Please go to http://www.parallels.com/products/pvc/deployment-resources/ to see a list of hardware that is compatible under the Hardware Compatibility tab.

  6. How can I prepare containers for migration?

    Please review the latest KB article at: http://kb.parallels.com/113129

Technical Documentation

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers Datasheet PDF
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers Evaluation Guide PDF
Clustering in Containers-Based Systems PDF
Parallels Virtual Automation Datasheet PDF

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Linux 4.7 Documentation

README PDF
Getting Started PDF | HTML
Installation Guide PDF | HTML
User's Guide PDF | HTML
Reference Guide PDF | HTML
Upgrading to Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.7 PDF | HTML
Templates Management Guide PDF | HTML
Administrator's Guide to Managing UBC Resources PDF | HTML
Deploying RHCS Clusters Guide PDF | HTML

Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows 4.6 Documentation

README PDF
Getting Started PDF | HTML
Installation Guide PDF | HTML
User's Guide PDF | HTML
Reference Guide PDF | HTML
Upgrading to Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 4.6 for Windows PDF | HTML
Templates Management Guide PDF | HTML
Deploying Microsoft Clusters Guide PDF | HTML

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