We have recently made some changes to how we make all of the JumpBoxes.  Starting this week we have been releasing the 1.6 series of JumpBoxes.  This series contains the following changes:

  • All JumpBoxes now have three disks.
  • JumpBoxes now use the generic-pae kernel.
  • Non-VMware Disks and configuration files have been removed.
  • Still based on Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 LTS, since 1.5.0.

While these changes do end JumpBox compatibility with some virtualization platforms, I think it will make importing the JumpBox better supported platforms a little less confusing by reducing the possible options.  Users will not longer have to figure out how to best import a JumpBox, they will simply have to rely on importing either our standard VMX or OVFs downloads.  Many of the modern platforms now support import of VMX and OVF based virtual appliances.

The main thing we lose is compatibility with old platforms that do not support PAE, this includes at least Parallels 3 and MS Virtual PC 2007.  However, using this PAE kernel means the JumpBoxes can run with more than 4GB of allocated RAM and serves as a workaround for an issue with ESX 4.1 compatibility.

With these changes in mind, JumpBox compatibility is as follows:

  • Works as Native Platform
    • VMware Fusion
    • VMware Player
    • VMware Server
    • VMware Workstation
    • VMware ESX
    • Amazon EC2
  • Works through VMX Import
    • Parallels Desktop
    • Parallels Server
  • OVF Has been known to work
    • VirtualBox
    • Citrix XenServer (Possible)
  • Can be Made to Work With Effort
    • Parallels Workstation (Not too hard)
    • KVM
    • QEMU
    • Microsoft Hyper-V
    • Xen Open Source Linux (HVM)
  • Unknown, Deprecated, No Longer Supported
    • Microsoft Virtual Server (No Longer Supported)
    • Microsoft Virtual PC (No Longer Supported)
    • Virtual Iron (No Longer Supported)
    • Sun xVM Server
    • Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
    • OpenVZ
    • Parallels 3 (No Longer Supported)
    • Any other platform that doesn’t support PAE kernels

We will continue to evaluate how best to serve our users.  We hope to eventually officially support Hyper-V with a VHD based image.  But any future compatibility releases will be made in the form of an alternative download rather than by modifying the VMX based image.

I have updated the JumpBox Compatibility Chart.