Vmware or virtualbox?

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  1. Kesto's Avatar
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    Vmware or virtualbox?


    I have tested out vmware workstation and virtualbox and can't decide which is best, can you help me?
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  2. Golden's Avatar
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    If you have tested both, then it will come down to personal preference. I find VMWare Player easier and more intuitive.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi there

    BMW / Audi / Mercedes. Take your choice.

    My own view is that VMware is far more robust - but I haven't really messed around with VBOX. Why not try both -- Installing W10 twice is no big deal and there are also converters around to convert from one vm system to another one. Uninstall VMware tools / vbox additions on your GUEST systems before switching vm systems though. There's no reason why you can't have vbox and VMware installed.

    Note both these products don't run when HYPER-V is enabled. Similarly HYPER-V won't work unless you uninstall both VMware and Vbox.

    Cheers
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  4. Vladimir's Avatar
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    VMWare all the way for me !

    :)
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  5. Posts : 803
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    Running on what? VirtualBox is always free. VMware you have to pay for on OSX but (limited Player version) is free on Windows and Linux. The Workstation VMWare is again chargeable.

    If my host was Windows I'd use Hyper-V. As it isn't and I don't want to pay $60 I use VirtualBox.
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  6. Kesto's Avatar
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    adamf said:
    Running on what? VirtualBox is always free. VMware you have to pay for on OSX but (limited Player version) is free on Windows and Linux. The Workstation VMWare is again chargeable.

    If my host was Windows I'd use Hyper-V. As it isn't and I don't want to pay $60 I use VirtualBox.
    But there is so much more you can do in VMware and you can activate yiur copy by using a key off youtube videos or google.
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  7. Kari's Avatar
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    Windowsnoob61 said:
    But there is so much more you can do in VMware...
    BS. Please tell me one thing possible with VMware but not possible with Hyper-V.

    Windowsnoob61 said:
    ...and you can activate yiur copy by using a key off youtube videos or google.
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    4) No piracy or discussion of piracy allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations (e.g. downloading youtube videos locally etc).
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    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    BMW / Audi / Mercedes. Take your choice.
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    I personally prefer Hyper-V. My main machine at home is high end MacBook Pro running Windows 8.1 Pro. I can't get the track pad to scroll with VMWare, but I can with Hyper-V. The guest OS is Windows 10 Tech Preview.

    Okay that is not a comprehensive evaluation on my part. Perhaps there is a way to make the scroll work on VMWare. But I couldn't find any. And there are many other issues to compare other than basic track pad functionality. But the track pad is a deal breaker for me.

    I haven't tried VirtualBox. I did a few years back and was underwhelmed.

    Also the price of Hyper-V is better. It's free!
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  10. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Kari said:
    BS. Please tell me one thing possible with VMware but not possible with Hyper-V.

    Windowsnoob61 said:
    ...and you can activate yiur copy by using a key off youtube videos or google.
    See Forum Rules:

    4) No piracy or discussion of piracy allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations (e.g. downloading youtube videos locally etc).
    Kari

    Hi Kari

    It works on Linux !!!! (Sorry had to say that one).

    Using Linux though you can use an equivalent (XEN or my preference - especially on Red hat based systems KVM) which also work pretty well.

    You might find though using HYPER-V that dynamically adding and removing devices on the VM (USB cameras, HDD's etc) is a bit more fiddly and in some cases using the RDP system (Remote desktop) for connection can sometimes seem slowish.

    All these things are "fixable" I agree in HYPER-V but for people relatively new to VM's I wouldn't suggest they start with HYPER-V.

    Another issue is that if you have BOTH LINUX and WINDOWS HOSTS you can run the SAME VM (whether VMware or VBOX) on BOTH HOSTS without change / conversion etc.

    BTW you don't have to pay 65 USD for VMware player - that's for the commercial use. Home users can download a FREE copy which works just fine.

    One other thing I did notice on HYPER-V is that NETWORK SHARING of devices is more problematic - in the RDP I think you have to enable local devices as well as sound if you want it.

    HYPER-V IMO works best if the VM is not on the same physical host. I know it works on laptops but I think HYPER-V would be better with the VM's stored on a remote server / file system rather than the machine you are actually using. For purely local use (i.e VM on a laptop I'd still go for VMware or vbox). Just my 2c though - of course other people will have different reasons for choosing their system.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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