Re: Desktop virtualisation software-what do you use?
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:51:13 +0300
I also used VMWare for a long time for desktop virtualization, but then I just tried VirtualBox and I love it from the begging. Previously my biggest problem were the shared folders, attaching USB drives, upgrades to new versions (or changing kernel on linux system) were also paint in the ass. With VirtualBox you boot, suspend and everything else two/three times faster than VMWare. You also have an integration with the host OS where you have a "seamless mode" where you can integrate the guest OS with the host OS. If you don't want to integrate with the host OS or to have a console open you can run the guest in Headless mode where it will just run in backgroud, this could be also used if you plan to logout from the system and leave the process backgroud or if you just have a installed this VirtualBox on some remote machine.
Currently I'm having nine guest with four different OS.
> Hello list,
> To my great dismay I just found out that VMWare Server 2.0 I have used
> in the past for desktop virtualisation of Windows stopped working.
> Actually, it's not the virtualisation layer, but more the console which
> fails to work with modern Firefox and my IE 8. The plugin seems a bit
> out of date. BTW I use Xen for all para-virtualised guests and won't
> touch this as it's _brilliant_. Oh, and I don't want to spend money :)
> So I need another solution for this-I heard VMWare player is nice and
> you can also create your own VMs with it now. Virtualbox could be an
> alternative, and so could be Microsoft's virtual PC. I don't know any of
> these, so if anyone could share experience about stability and
> performance. I plan to virtualise Windows 2008 R2, but don't need a lot
> of performance, this would be a lab environment.
> Thanks in advance,