Do anyone knows why VMware offers server and workstation as separate option?
Does it mean I can only install XP and other client OS - inlcuding Linux, on VMWare workstation and not the VMWare server?
Seem I need to install both to have the virtualisation of different OS?
Please advice, as I am interested to try out VMWare as compared to Virtual PC 2007 offered free by Microsoft - only seem to support MS OS and not Linux.
May be a noob question but: does VirtualBox run at the same speed as VMWare? I know between VirtualPC and VMWare there is a huggeee gap.
Good question, and from what I understand that depends on which version you get. In general:
VMWare Free < VirtualBox < VMWare Paid
The three options are fairly similar, but the general consensus is that VMWare is faster, but only if you get the one you have to pay for. Otherwise, VirtualBox is quite a bit faster.
I have tried VirtualBox about a month ago, and it does not support MS XP well, infact I have to resort to using MS free VirtualPC 2007.
But MS free Virtual PC does not seem to support Linux, and its NW is poor.
That is the reason I was looking at VMWare Server and workstation.
I have good feedback about the excellent NW support of VMWare, and was puzzled if I should install VMWare Server or the Workstation.
Apparently, VMWare workstation is only free for 30 days evaluation, while VMWare server is free.
So I will try VMWare Server (which clearly states will not support Vista Home edition).
Thanks for your feedbacks.
I have a feeling the other application you need is called VMWare Player. I think.
The free version: VMWare server can run any OS. The paid version (Workstation) has extra options and features not included in the server version. (Like having multiple mini-screens open at once, and setting up self-contained virtual networks.)
I personally have found that VMWare is the most polished, solid and easiest to configure and use of all the free emulators available. Plus, it'll run on windows, linux, or mac... (Though I've found that if you want to run it on vista, you have to run it while logged in as administrator.)
I agree with the above comment.
I use VMware alot and arguably one of the best Virtualisation software around. One key factor for me is Free support and Hardware Comp ability, which is excellent with VMware.