Check out proxmox (Home). Quite powerful and free. May require a bit of Linux knowledge to be a power user, but the latest versions have almost everything built into the UI.
So I bought a house recently and there is this great closest that I want to stick a computer into to manage some things. I am going to run an HDMI cable from it to my TV and use it as an HTPC (it is already being used for this). I want to run a second monitor cable to my dance room and use that to watch instructional videos/videos I've recorded of lessons and obviously play music. I'm wiring the entire house for ethernet (if it matters). I'm also building an 8 TB NAS that ideally I'd like to have be part of the same machine, as well. I might also put an under cabinet mounted touch screen in the kitchen, to display recipes and the like.
Ideally I want to set it up so all of those are on one physical machine and each monitor is displaying one virtual machine. I've never worked with virtual machines, not even to fuck around, so I am not sure where to start or if what I am imagining is even possible.
To expand a bit;
Proxmox will cover you for storage/networking/resource allotment, but access will obviously depend on your HTPC / any other devices you set up. Easiest thing to do would be to statically IP all your VMs and access via remote desktop or a free VNC viewer. Run some USB along with that HDMI if you're going to need to control that a monitor from within that room.
Virtual machine hosts aren't designed to have guests tied to particular monitor outputs - its unikely you'll be able to do what you're looking for. I would suggest building low cost systems (e.g. Atom or AMD APU) to use as frontends.
Last edited by The Master; 02-10-2014 at 08:20 PM.
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