MS Virtual Server now free

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  1. EvilSS

    EvilSS New Member

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    Looks like Free is the new fad in virtual technology. Following VMWare's move to give away VMWare Server (formerly GSX) and VMWare Player, MS has announced that Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now gratis.

    MS Virtual Server Win32 - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=63997

    MS Virtual Server Win64 - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=63998

    VMWare Player: http://www.vmware.com/download/player/

    VMWare Server (Beta): http://www.vmware.com/download/server/

    MS Links fixed. They are direct download links, no registration required!
     
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    Damn. Free shit FTW.
     
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    If vmware is free, how are they making money? Do you need something besides server or player?
     
  5. EvilSS

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    VMWare makes their money on ESX Server. It's way more advanced than GSX (and MS Virtual Server) and it's what all the business users are buying. No one was really buying GSX (which is similar to MS Virtual Server) so they decided to give it away. Mostly it was a move to mess with Microsoft.

    So now MS has fired back and is giving away Virtual Server. Well, they were giving it away before. They only charged between $400 and $99 for it and they gave away thousands of DVDs with full licenses at VMWorld this year. This just makes it official.

    If you are not familiar with it, VMWare ESX Server is one very cool product. It doesn't install on top of a host OS like the others (MS Virtual Server and GSX) and has some very slick features. For example, there is an add-in feature called VMotion that allows you to move a running VM from one physical ESX host to another without taking it offline. All running processes, sessions, network connections, etc remain intact. If you ping it while it's being moved you usually see one packet that takes some extra time to return and that's it. No dropped packets. Very slick. The way it manages memory is also cool. If more than one VM has identical blocks of data in RAM it will keep one copy in memory and share it (read-only)with the other VMs. If one VM tries to change it, it copies it and allows the change (so there is no conflict when this happens). This can have a dramatic effect on the memory footprint of the VM's if they are all running the same OS.
     
  6. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    So what's the difference between MS Virtual PC 2004 and MS Virtual Server? I'm already running Windows 2003 Server + Exchange 2003 under VPC2004 running on XP Pro. It looks like its just VPC2004 that runs on a Server OS host and has a virtual SCSI adapter.
     
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    MS whitepaper on VPC vs VS: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/techinfo/vsvsvpc.mspx

    The biggest are multi-proc support and the ability to create a virtual cluster which is great if you want to play with clustering and don't want to spend $20K on hardware ;-)
     
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    Oh, and personally, if you don't have a multiproc system, don't want to use it in production, and don't want to play with clustering I would stick with VPC. The interface for VS kinda sucks.
     
  9. deusexaethera

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    Is VPC also free, by any chance?
     
  10. EvilSS

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    Unfortunatly no. VMWare Server is though and has most of the functionality of VPC.
     
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    ESX is definitely where it is at. I head up the ESX dept, We run about 30 ESX servers in my environment (15 that I manage directly) all running 3.0 and using DRS / HA. One of the greatest things for datacenters and DR.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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