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Virtualisation Software

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by Rob1234, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    I had a quick look but could not find a thread about this.

    What Virtualisation Software do you guys use?

    and what free ones would you recommend?
     
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  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I use VMware (vSphere and Workstation), as far as free ones, use the MS ones if you aren't willing to pay for VMware Workstation.

    Virtual PC

    Virtual Server
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    For server's/clients? For your own PC (home) or work?

    For servers at work: Hyper-V (Windows 2008 R2)
    For Virtual Desktops: 2x and MS Terminal Services, will be playing around with XenDesktops soon
    For my own PC/laptop: Virtual PC / VMware workstation

    -Ken
     
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  4. skulkerboyo

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    At home I use Vbox which is free

    at work I use VMware workstation to run my old desktop as a VM (soo many tweaks and tools I just cant work without it as yet)

    For our infrastructure we have over 120 servers running on VMware Vcentre server


    What are you intending to do?
     
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  5. Josiahb

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    I use VMWare ESXi on my home lab server and we use the same in the office for our virtual servers. Its great for single (physical) server environments when you don't need the full fat VMWare infrastructure setup.
     
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  6. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    I am just wanting to set up one on my home pc, a virtual network as I will be studying for the 70-291 soon and think it would b a good idea to set one up.

    Thanks for all the info :D
     
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  7. zebulebu

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    Cool - if you've got a spare machine, I'd advise using ESXi (completely free) and running your environment on bare tin - providing the hardware is supported. if not, then VMWare Server is also awesome (use 1.0.x rather than 2.0 - which comes with the horrible WebUI instead of the fat client)
     
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  8. Arunram

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    Vmware vcentre? i know vsphere what s this vcentre?
     
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  9. ThomasMc

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  10. jk2447

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    Hyper-V on Server 2008 R2 Standard at home right now for me. I needed it to pass the Hyper-V exam but I decided to keep it. Jim
     
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  11. skulkerboyo

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  12. Gingerdave

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    Worth Noting is that VMWare Player now supports the creation of VM's as well as just playing the VMs created by the bigger products as it used to.

    Oh yeah its free as well!
     
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  13. Phoenix
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    I use VMware vSphere 4 primarily (ESXi with Enterprise Plus licences)

    I use VMware Server 2.0 on my workstation at home, and VMware Workstation 7 on my HP Elitebook
    VMware Fusion on both my Macs

    I have lab systems that run Hyper-V 2.0 clusters with CSVs too and used to have a Virtual Iron box as well :)
     
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  14. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    So probably quicker to say, if its out there, you've got it :biggrin 8)
     
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  15. reverb

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    I use Virtualbox!
    Great piece of software. I've never used VMware before but VB does what I need :)
     
  16. Mkid

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    I use Vmware Server 2.0 on a headless linux box, Thinking of moving to ESXi -by the end of year probably-
     
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  17. Big Bad JV

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    Xenserver by Citrix is free for the express version and is really easy to use. Works with Linux or Windows, but you need a processor/bios setup that supports the VT extensions for Windows to work.

    JV
     
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  18. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I might give that a whirl when I get a free weekend, nice one
     
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  19. Phoenix
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    yeah I have a bit of XenServer in the lab too, we are like some crazy citrix platinum partner or something :)
    shame citrix are pretty much giving up on it!
     
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  20. Fergal1982

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    is ESXi a full host OS, or do you still need a host OS to install it onto? Not really clued up on what ESXi is/does really.

    I have VMWare workstation 7 here - I did have 6 but I had to upgrade to get OSX installed into it.
     
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