Hello, Here is the story:
I am not a "total" noob but not very strong on Linux and Virtualization things. I come from windows but have been palying with Linux at home. I have converted to whole Linux household for the last 5 month but as most of the machines at home did not give me any issues since the setup nothing to learn :-). have been running the server described below for the last 2 years. no issue. but its not doing what I want it to do, hence here I am.
I currently have an OpenSuse 13.1 server running as file server. Hardware : AMD Phenon 8 core with 16GB ram 1T HDD system drive with BTRFS "/" and "/home" and 16T in total of storage space for shares etc. using BTRFS on all setup planed to setup a Xen Vm server there but found it to be very difficult to manage maintane with existing interface. would like to have a remote managed system as the server has no IPMI
want to convert this for a VM server AND file server use to host couple of VM Linux and Windows VMs. using something else.
Can/should I use Cloudmin or VitualMin for this setup. this is a home server, single machine setup.
I want the main Host to be a VM server AND file server. as in run what ever virtualization system is setup and provide shared access to all the data drives.
really really like to use BTRFS, at least for datastorage side. system drives can be anything
as cloudmin/virtualmin etc. is designed to be installed on a host system,
Can I setup a host with say Ubuntu (as I am more familiar with that distro and there is lots of help for it out there) OR should I use some other distro? CentOS seams popular here.
the reason I went with OpenSuse was that I like to have a desktop to work with. but maybe with webmin I can do without (your thoughts).
Do I need usermin if this is not a public server. can I just manage users with webmin
can some one point me to a good HowTo for setting this up. I am googling like crazy and did find some blogs and help forums but does not heart to ask.