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Topic # 67331 31-Aug-2010 11:38
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I've been using VirtualBox for a few weeks, it seems to have a few glaring bugs (inability to connect with some USB drives, and the guest window often ends up a single white image with no detail).  What are people's experiences with VMware workstation?  Is it missing some features that virtualbox has?  Does it seem to have many bugs?  I know that there is a trial, but I'm interested in experiences.  Thanks.

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  Reply # 375282 1-Sep-2010 13:12
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I have a dated version of VM Workstation, still works well - it's a bit iffy with USB drives.

Most of the time though, I now use VM server - though mainly as a test platform so I can tear down, snapshot, etc. Still a bit of an issue with USB drives, but better than the dated VM Workstation I have - more recent VM Workstation may be better.


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  Reply # 375303 1-Sep-2010 14:06
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Hey SepticSceptic, we seem to keep posting in the same threads!

I have been using VirtualBox on my Macbook Pro with a Windows 7 client, and it seems like a good product.  In my limited testing it has been stable and performance was OK, however i suspect the 2GB RAM in my laptop will be holding that back.

As for VM Server, I was a great fan of the 1.x product but found the 2.x product to be a hassle to setup and maintain, but it is free, so that's a bonus.

Another option could be ESXi - runs on bare metal and has a huge performance advantage over running on a full desktop OS.  It's free as well but the hardware support is more limited, but a great option for a test/dev box.

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