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Topic # 60076 18-Apr-2010 17:22
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Folks, this is not about desktop virtualisation, but use of virtual machines on desktop (or laptop obviously)...

I wanted to run some Windows XP and Windows 7 VMs on my laptop to test a couple of tools were working on. My main OS is Windows 7 Ultimate, so obviously I tried Virtual PC.

First Virtual PC does come as a stand alone product, but needs download of "Windows XP Mode". You don't necessarily have to install the Windows XP side though. I tried creating a Windows 7 VM, and it took a good amount of time. While applying all the updates I've noticed the VM was slow and the CPU on the guest OS was always 100% - even after Integration Services were applied and before anything else was installed.

I then decided to install VMWare Player. What a difference. The application recognised the Windows 7 DVD, asked for credentials I wanted to use and from that moment I didn't have to touch the VM again until all was installed.

It also performs a lot faster than Virtual PC. Shutdown is almost instantaneous, startup is quick and the guest OS performs extremely well, with a good CPU usage (i.e. low).

Some suggested I should try VirtualBox but I am not in the mood of downloading yet another virtualisation technology. But what are your thoughts?

I am familiar with virtualisation since the old Virtual PC, Virtual Server and obviously Geekzone currently runs on a set of virtual machines under Hyper V.

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  Reply # 319989 18-Apr-2010 18:48
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At my previous job we used vmware or vmplayer as other solutions were not as robust or as you have found out run very slow.

For home use I use virtualbox which is just about as good, very impressed with it. I've thown Linux/AROS/7/XP at it and all have worked without any issues.

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  Reply # 319994 18-Apr-2010 18:57
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VMWare is still the best tool out there. VirtualBox is good as well, but benchmarks still show that VMWare is the best.

I'd stick with it if I was you.

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  Reply # 320003 18-Apr-2010 19:48
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+1 for vmware, we use this product at polytech with windows 7 machines and it is very robust, sometimes running up to 7 windows server 2008 machines at once. It seems to handle itself better than virtual PC. We use VMware workstation 7.0 .

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  Reply # 320065 18-Apr-2010 22:46
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I've used both vmware player and vitrualbox on my Desktop and I've been impressed at how good virtualbox is compared to vmware player, given that its FREE of course. There isn't a whole lot of difference in it it terms of functionality, although its so obviously a vmware player clone.

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  Reply # 320077 18-Apr-2010 23:28
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I had some network issues on VMware so switched to virtualbox and never looked back. I haven't had any issues and would say the performance is comparable with VMware.

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  Reply # 320101 19-Apr-2010 08:18
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I use virtualbox myself.. Works pretty much perfect for me..


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  Reply # 320104 19-Apr-2010 08:22
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At work I use VirtualBox a bit for various Windows installs....... will be getting into ESX in the next few months but thats another subject....

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  Reply # 320106 19-Apr-2010 08:34
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I use VMWare workstation on my desktop - check the performance of a Windows 7 guest with full Aero support. My 'desktop' is a Q6600 with 8GB ram and Server 2008R2 as primary OS. I run between 3-4 virtual machines at anytime with minimal impact on the desktop -VMWare rocks!

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