Differences between Power and x86 VMs
Because of differences between Power A CPU architecture that supports IBM i, AIX, and Linux (on Power) in Skytap. and x86 The most common CPU architecture. x86 CPUs support Windows and Linux VMs in Skytap. hardware and hypervisor, some of the capabilities between Power and x86 VMs are different.
Power states for Power VMs
Power VMs can’t be suspended. This affects the way you might use some Skytap features, like copying an environment or saving an environment as a template. For more information, see Suspend isn’t supported for Power VMs.
Power VM settings
Some of the settings that are available through the VMware hypervisor aren’t implemented in Power hardware or are implemented differently.
- Enable nested virtualization – Nested virtualization isn’t supported for Power VMs.
- Hardware Version – Because Power VMs don’t use the VMware hypervisor, the VMware hardware version isn’t applicable to Power VMs.
- Customize UUID – The UUID of a Power VM can’t be changed.
- Enable time sync – Power VMs don’t support changes to VM BIOS clock sync settings.
- Change keyboard mapping – Power VMs don’t support international keyboards.
- Connection type – Power VMs support only the default SRA client and the SSH additional connection type.
- Copy and paste – Copy and paste requires an SSH-connected SRA browser session. To configure SSH, see Enabling SSH on a VM for use in SRA browser client sessions..
Using containers on Power VMs
- Enable containers – Power VMs don’t support Docker containers or the Skytap VM Agent.
Connecting to Power VMs
- Connection types – You can access Power VMs with the SRA client, with a published service (using SSH or telnet), or with a sharing portal.
- SRA client – Because SRA client access is to the Power VM shell only, the SRA client toolbar doesn’t include the (Fit to Window) or (Change Resolution) options. Additionally, the (Clipboard) option is available only for SSH-connected SRA browser sessions.
Power VM networking
- Change NIC hardware – Power VMs support only one NIC type: Default. You can add additional network adapters but they are all of the Default type.
- Edit the MAC address – The MAC address of a Power VM can’t be changed.
- Enable promiscuous mode – Promiscuous mode isn’t supported for Power VMs.