Virtual PC vs. VMWare

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  1. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    What do you like and why? Is VMWare worth buying if I already have VPC2004?
     
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    Buying? VMware Server is free

    VPC is free download as well....

    If you are running multiple enviros at the same time you need VMWare server I think....but VPC is faster if you are running just one.
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    I thought VMWare Workstation was a couple of hundred bucks.
     
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    Depends. VMWare workstation is faster than VPC for just about everything (running OS's, snapshots, pausing/unpausing, etc). The snapshot and cloning systems in VMWare workstation are much better than VPC's. VMWare also has some nice niche features, like:

    - (experimental but very good) 3D/DirectX Support.
    - Virtual networking is much more advanced in VMWare workstation
    - More "generic" hardware so it tends to work better with non-MS OS's
    - More advanced virtual disks (supports IDE and SCSI guest HD's, disks can be set independent of snapshots, etc)
    - USB Support
    - Supports 64 bit guests on 32 bit (OS) hosts with 64bit processors*
    - Support for up to 2 guest CPU's in SMP hosts
    - Available for Windows, Linux, and soon OS X (Will probably be announced for beta at VMWorld next month)

    That said, if you only use it occasionally then VPC is probably just fine. You can download a 30-day eval of workstation to try it out, so go take it for a spin.

    I've used both and I prefer VMWare workstation. I use it both at work and at home every day. I can also say that VMWare is one of the few software companies I've seen that can really deliver on their promises and lives up to their marketing hype. I wish more software companies could do that.


    *What I mean by this is this. Let's say your PC is configured like this:

    AMD Opteron
    Windows XP Pro 32-bit

    You can still run, say, Windows XP/2003 64 bit or 64 bit Linux as a Guest OS in VMWare. You can also go the other way around, running 32 bit guests on a 64 bit host. There are some restrictions on the processors that is supported, so if you really want that functionality, test it with the eval first.
     
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    No, VMWare Workstation and Server both support running multiple VM's at the same time. Workstation's features are more geared to using it in a development environment than server, which is really geared to run VM's as test machines. Workstation, for example, supports multiple snapshots for a VM, so you can roll back changes more granularly. It also supports teaming, where you can tie a set of VM's together so they all start at the same time, etc.

    edit: VPC also supports it, but it is definitely not faster than Workstation no matter how many are running.
     

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