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Why would someone use Vmware instead of virtualbox which is free?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Juelz, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    Ive used both and Im wondering what does vmware do that virtualbox doesnt to warrant spending money?
  2. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

    Possibly down to choice

    Vmware player is totally free for non commercial use

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  3. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    I used a free trial of fusion (my main OS is mac) and now I have virtualbox and honestly cant see the difference of why I would go pay for fusion. Only issue I am having which I can probably fix just cant be bothered is it not recognising external drives on the guest OS
  4. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

    Virtualbox can do most things. However, I have Cisco VIRL and unfortunately it's not supported on Virtualbox, so I use VMware Workstation

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  5. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    Actually Mike, you hit the nail on the head there, nested virtualisation is a great idea and something I have done with both Workstation and full on vSphere. For a while it was the only product that allowed you to nest Hyper-V as well.

    For me I use Workstation first because I got it for free with my first VCP (not something that happens now I believe), I have also upgraded it over the years (I also get the occasional freeby via VMUG's or VMworld when cards are given away for free).
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