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VMWare Player or ESX?

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by greenbrucelee, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    What should I choose?

    I have decided to move away from virtual pc as I recently had an update for it which lost my network connection and I couldn't get it to recognise my ethernet adapter so I have decided to switch.

    At the moment I have server 2003 and a few XP pro's to install but was also thinking about installing OS X and SQL server. I also plan to setup a full AD domain will either version run and do all of that?
     
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  2. zebulebu

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    Depends. If you have a server you can chuck ESXi on, go for that. It's a bare metal hypervisor, and free. Other than that, use VMWare Server - which is also free, but sits on top of your regular Windows install. Benefits and drawbacks to both approaches - obviously if you run bare metal then you're not wasting a load of overhead on the underlying O/S, but you need another machine to run the vSphere client from. If you run it on top of Windows, you waste resources running the 'host' O/S and it won't perform as well - but you can run everything on the one box (including access to the ESXi box via the vSphere client)
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    I think I will have to run server until I get some more hardware, thanks for the info.
     
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  4. Steve.L

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    Hi there

    You might want to try virtual box, its also free and has a few more whistles and bells than vmware server! Not sure about OS X though!

    Steve.L
     
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