I struggled to even think up a good title for this post, as badly as I struggle to truly find enough information about what I would like to do, and if it is actually possible, although I have an assumption it is.
Maybe after I lay out my “dream” setup, what I have in place, and what I have available hardware wise someone with more experience at this could give me a definitive answer.
Alright so hardware first:
-16 GB 3200mhz Corsair Vengeance LPX (rated for 3000, but passes all error and stress tests)
-Asus Crosshair VII Hero (non wifi)
-1 TB Crucial P1 NVMe
-256 GB Crucial M4
-1 TB Western Digital Blue
-RX 480 and R9 270X
-EVGA Supernova 1000 G2
-2x Opteron 2676 running stable at 3ghz all cores (16 cores, 32 threads)
-32GB Hynix ECC RDimm 1600mhz
-128GB Kingston SSD
-EVGA 650 G5
-HP Pavilion G6 A-Series A10-4600M
-AMD Radeon HD 7660G
-Ubiquiti ER-X Gigiabit router
-TP Link 5 port Gigabit Switch
-Cat 7 cable run between all connected systems.
As a note, I am currently trying to work with Proxmox VE, other suggestions are ok too.
So on to what and why, and you can feel free to tell me why it is not possible.
My ultimate goal is using the above hardware to run a baremetal hypervisor with minimal system requirements, as little a possible, that still has KVM support for that performance.
I do not want to have my desktop operating systems ON my desktop, I want to be able to load them from a remote source only as necessary, all of my local data would be the hypervisor and any software installs, or any of my production data including 3d models, other art, code, games etc.
I want to be able to have a choice of a few differ
ent distributions of Linux both LTS and Rolling distros, as well as both Windows 10 Professional, however the catch is I want these operating systems to use the hardware from my desktop in passthrough, so from everything I know just using traditional VM setups won’t work.
I’ve been at this for about 2 and a half weeks, read hundreds of write ups, watched dozens of videos, played with many different setups and I am still not even sure if what I explicitly want to do is even possible, though I have this overwhelming feeling it is (feels amirite?).
So TLDR, I want an operating system on my desktop without an operating system on my desktop, I have access to a semi powerful enterprise server and a laptop used solely as network storage.
Thoughts, suggestions, good ol’ ribbing?