I’m quite familiar with Virtualmin. No problem whatsoever over the years.
So I recently decided to try Cloudmin before jumping on the bandwagon (I’m coming from Virtualmin from Wheezy though Jessie).
However I’m confused. Is Cloudmin GPL restricted to a single HOST System or is it in fact a single Master-Host System?
I was planning to use a “public could” VPS (also KVM) as the Master server and network it to the actual dedicated SINGLE Host system (that would provide Virtualmin guests) but I cannot find the said “Add System”?
i.e. “Adding a New Host System” https://www.virtualmin.com/documentation/cloudmin/virtualization/kvm
(I am able to virtually “rack” said single VPS and dedicated instances).
- Is there something I’m missing? (Would I have to “de-register” this master?). I’m confused…
- Would I have to buy a license? And would this serve the purpose?
Cloudmin GPL only supports a single system…Master, host, everything, on one box. We haven’t figured out another way to provide a clear value add for Pro (and we’ve gotta ring the cash register somehow to keep the lights on around here), so that’s currently how we distinguish the two. I have been campaigning to change that so Cloudmin GPL can host across many systems just like Pro; but without a good story for how we encourage folks to upgrade, I don’t yet have a good case to make for making that change.
And, to be clear:, Cloudmin Professional offers the following
- Unlimited host systems (though realistically, you probably only need enough to host the number of VMs your license provides.
- Unlimited Virtualmin systems under management. So, if you have a dozen real systems (not virtualized) and they have Virtualmin on them, you can manage all of them, without it effecting your Cloudmin hosted licensed virtual machine count.
- All supported virtualization types; KVM, Xen, LXC, Docker, etc. You can have a host system for each one, if you want. It is non-trivial to move between virtualization types, however (though sometimes images can be moved between, depending on a few variables). Realistically, you probably want just one…or maybe one full virtualization type and one container type, if you’re on-board the container hype train.
- Cloudmin Connect features, which includes Cloudmin Services for Virtualmin. This allows hosting your DNS, databases, and spam/AV scanning, on central boxes shared by all Virtualmin systems (whether GPL or Professional).
Cloudmin Pro has a lot of cool features, is what I’m trying to say, and we probably are getting to the point where there’s enough to differentiate it from GPL without having host/VM limits on the GPL version, and to convince a significant number of people to upgrade (if they know what it gets them).