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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

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    Ive used both and Im wondering what does vmware do that virtualbox doesnt to warrant spending money?
     
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    Possibly down to choice

    Vmware player is totally free for non commercial use


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  3. Juelz

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    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
     
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    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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    VIRL is not supported on Oracle VirtualBox due to its lack of support for nested virtualization.'
     
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    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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