Virtualization software that can be used to run a JumpBox

Our goal is to provide JumpBoxes that run anywhere there is virtualization infrastructure available.

The Standard JumpBox download you get by clicking any download button on our site will run on a broad array of virtualization platforms. Unless otherwise noted, the platforms listed below apply to the Standard JumpBox download.

Tier 1

Fully supported.

Virtualization Platform Host Platform Notes
VMware Fusion Mac OS X
VMware Player (Free) Windows, Linux
VMware Server (Free) Windows, Linux
VMware Workstation Windows, Linux
VMware ESX Bare Metal Standard downloads must be converted to run on ESX. For better support, alternative builds in OVF format are available to JumpBox Open Premium, Silver and Gold subscribers.
Amazon EC2 Cloud This is an alternative build. All JumpBoxes are available as AMIs to JumpBox Open Plus, Premium, Silver or Gold subscribers. To run a JumpBox on Amazon EC2 you'll need to use ElasticFox. See this blog post for details.

If you are a JumpBox Open Plus or Premium subscriber and would like to enable access to the AMIs for your account please contact support for assistance.

Note: Usage charges for Amazon EC2 will be billed by Amazon.


Tier 2

Supported but with limitations noted below.

Virtualization Platform Host Platform Notes
Parallels Desktop Mac OS X No guest tools support. Older versions that do not support PAE kernels will not work, this includes at least Paralles 3 and older.
Parallels Server Mac OS X, Bare Metal No guest tools support.
Parallels Workstation Windows, Linux No guest tools support. Disk conversion reports error, but manual virtual machine creation with the same converted VMDKs works.
VirtualBox Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Solaris Import of OVF works fine, must enable PAE on the Processor in the virtual machine's System Settings.


Tier 3

Known to work but not yet officially supported. You can run JumpBoxes on these platforms but our ability to provide assistance is limited.

Virtualization Platform Host Platform Notes
Sun xVM Server Bare metal We haven't tested this but Sun engineers have reported that JumpBoxes run fine using the VMDK files from the download. VMDK is the native disk format for xVM Server.
Xen Open Source Linux This is relatively difficult to configure, depends heavily on the Linux distribution and requires running Xen in fully virtualized mode. JumpBoxes will run fine on Xen, but we're limited in the amount of assistance we can provide due to the large number of variables involved in Xen Systems.
KVM Linux This works but is not something that we test regularly. The developer of libvirt has a blog post discussing how to run a JumpBox using it.
QEMU Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris among others Works but since this is emulation performance is very poor. Can be used to run JumpBoxes on non-intel platforms if you have the need for some reason. Useful for test and development. Too slow for production usage.
Oracle VM Linux This is Xen based and we have heard of people using it but have never tested it.
Citrix XenServer Bare Metal Reported to be able to import OVF without issue in XenServer versions that support OVF import.


Currently unsupported

Unknown status or known to NOT work.

Virtualization Platform Host Platform Notes
Microsoft Hyper-V Windows (the latest release of Hyper-v has moved this from Tier 2 to Tier 4 as people are getting black screens on boot.) No guest tools support and configuration has more steps than we typically like. You can see the details in this video. Here's the quick summary: create a virtual machine, attach all the disks, add a "Legacy Network Adapter" and attach it to the correct interface. The boot.hdd file will also need to be renamed boot.vhd in order for Hyper-V to see it. Running a JumpBox on Hyper-V R2 requires a simple modification to the JumpBox disk files.
Parallels Virtuozzo Containers Linux This is a very different kind of system that is not currently supported.
OpenVZ Linux This is the Open Source base of Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and is not currently supported.
Microsoft Virtual Server Windows No longer supported.
Microsoft Virtual PC Windows No longer supported.
Virtual Iron Bare Metal No longer supported.