Hyper-V vs VirtualBox vs VMWare


  1. Posts : 123
    Windows 10
       #1

    Hyper-V vs VirtualBox vs VMWare


    I have all 3 on my PC. Why would a home user choose 1 over the other 2? Why would a business choose 1 over the other 2?

    Are there specific benefits of using VMWare vs Hyper V or VirtualBox or the other way around?
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  2. Posts : 773
    Windows 10
       #2

    virtualbox can be utter rubbish, VMware is sometimes rubbish, and Hyper-V is good for windows.

    Now the reasonI say they are rubbish is they do NOT at all show the true performance of this os on the hardware you set. There will always be limitations.

    For example.

    Ryzen 3 3100 (2 core)
    8GB Ram
    On HDD
    I have set these specs to be not too throttling with my PC. I have 16GB Ram, so halve it, otherwise you will lose rather than gain performance. I gave 2 instead of 4 cores, same reason. I put the VM on HDD since I have limited space on my OS drive SSD

    If I set those specs through a virtual machine the performance would be a lot less than if those were real pieces of hardware. Even something like QEMU suffers from this.

    The worst example however would be putting macos on a virtual machine. It will perform awfully since it is most likely not optimized for your hardware, unless you run similar specs to a mac.

    Anyway. Hope that somewhat explains why no Virtualization software is better than others.

    To answer
    Why would a business choose 1 over the other 2?
    Advanced features rather than high optimization. But, some pieces of software do run faster than others.


    Hope it helps.

    James
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  3. Posts : 14,440
    Windows10
       #3

    Studynxx said:
    I have all 3 on my PC. Why would a home user choose 1 over the other 2? Why would a business choose 1 over the other 2?

    Are there specific benefits of using VMWare vs Hyper V or VirtualBox or the other way around?
    To fully answer this, you need to understand the difference between a Type 1 hypervisor (Hyper-V) and a Type 2 hypervisor (virtualbox, vmware)

    Hypervisor Type 1 and Type 2

    In general, Hyper-V is more efficient that the type 2 hypervisors, and I always use it when I can.

    However Hyper-V has a weakness when the guest OS is Linux or other non Windows OS, as in most cases they can only be run in basic mode which restricts features in Hyper-V, particularly no sound, and harder to write to host drives.

    Hyper-V functions best in enhanced mode, but that can only be used if guest OS is an RDP server. Windows 10 Home does not act as an RDP server, so a guest OS of Window 10 Home can only be run in Basic Mode. Some Linux distros can run in enhanced mode - easiest one to set up is Kali. See link below

    new member

    So, Hyper-V is great if guests are Windows 10 pro (or better e.g. Edu).

    When it comes to Vmware or Virtualbox, not a lot to choose between them. They are fine with any Windows or non Windows OS as a rule.

    Historically, I preferred Vmware as I found its interface clearer, but virtualbox can now be used on pc with Home as host OS (using Macrium Viboot) to mount Macrium Reflect images as a virtual machine - a feature that was restricted to Hyper-V on Pro PCs.

    So it really depends on what your guests are which is better. If you only have Home, you are limited to type 2 hypervisors (vmware or virtualbox) although there are ways to get Hyper-V on home.

    For businesses, Hyper-V is used a lot for Azure, Windows servers etc. Really Hyper-V came from Windows server versions and was ported to Windows Pro (W8.1 first I think). Hyper-V was never really designed for non Windows OSs as a consequence.
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  4. Posts : 1,373
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    My question as someone for whom VM newbie status would be an accomplishment. Can someone recommend "VM for real dummies" tutorials or posts. Start from the real basics.
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  5. Posts : 800
    10 Pro/11 Pro Dual Boot
       #5

    x509 said:
    My question as someone for whom VM newbie status would be an accomplishment. Can someone recommend "VM for real dummies" tutorials or posts. Start from the real basics.
    How to setup hyperv (win 10/11)
    Create a win 11 vm (or 10) with hyperv
    Linux in hyperv

    Ive used hyperv, vmware, and virtualbox.

    Hyperv works best under windows with windows hosts, and works with linux hosts. vmware and virtualbox just add an extra layer (type 1: hyperv vs type 2: vmware/virtualbox)
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  6. Posts : 14,440
    Windows10
       #6

    tomdsr said:


    Hyperv works best under windows with windows hosts, and works with linux hosts.
    This is an oversimplification - Linux does not usually play well with Hyper-V as most distros only run in basic mode. I explained this a couple of posts back.
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  7. Posts : 1,316
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #7

    tomdsr said:
    Hyperv works best under windows with windows hosts, and works with linux hosts.
    You mean linux guests.
    I haven't seen Hyper-V on linux hosts, yet.
    Though I see work is being done.
    Microsoft Says Linux Can Host Hyper-V >> ADMIN Magazine
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  8. Posts : 14,440
    Windows10
       #8

    Hopachi said:
    You mean linux guests.
    I haven't seen Hyper-V on linux hosts, yet.
    Though I see work is being done.
    Microsoft Says Linux Can Host Hyper-V >> ADMIN Magazine
    Yeah - I meant guest.
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  9. Posts : 800
    10 Pro/11 Pro Dual Boot
       #9

    cereberus said:
    This is an oversimplification - Linux does not usually play well with Hyper-V as most distros only run in basic mode. I explained this a couple of posts back.
    ya, was just trying to confirm what you said. Most wanting to start learning linux etc wont care too much about basic mode i would think.
    Hopachi said:
    You mean linux guests.
    I haven't seen Hyper-V on linux hosts, yet.
    Though I see work is being done.
    Microsoft Says Linux Can Host Hyper-V >> ADMIN Magazine
    Lol my bad, was really late and was still out working
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