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VirtualBox versus VMWare Server
March 1, 2009

If you've read this blog previously you'll know that I use virtualization software. At first I ran VMWare Server 1.x. When 2.0 came out I gave it a try. VMWare Server 2.0 requires way too much effort to install. And like VMWare Server 1.x, 2.0 has the same intermittent inability to cut and paste. If you haven't been bitten by the "VMWare Server Cannot Copy/Paste" bug, you're lucky.

I recently tried out VirtualBox. In my opinion, VirtualBox is a much better product than VMWare Server 1.x and VMWare Server 2.0. Here's why:

The only negative I've encountered with VirtualBox is that I could not get USB support to work. But since folder sharing was easy and reliable, I can get by without USB support for now.

I'm using VirtualBox to test Vault 3 on a variety of OS platforms (Windows XP, Vista, Ubuntu, Linpus Linux Lite, etc.) Since Vault 3 runs on myriad OS platforms, virtualization software makes testing it on multiple platforms much more convenient.

If you using virtualization software, I recommend that you give VirtualBox a try. I think you'll like it. And like me, you may end up uninstalling VMWare.

Also, if your hardware supports it, I recommend enabling VT-x/AMD-V, which appears to be necessary to run multiple VMs simultaneously. Check the checkbox in the Settings / General section, in the Advanced tab.


Keywords: VirtualBox, VMWare, VMWare Server, Virtualization, Windows, Vista, Linux, Linpus Linux Lite, Vault 3

Reader Comments

Ferdi BojosI have been using VirtualBox since 1.6 and I could say it's better than VirtualPC and VMWare by far. With VirtualPC, you have to have at least XP Pro to get all functionalities to work. VirtualBox has no such restrictions. It is lightweight and easily supports a lot of OS. And of course, it's GPL'ed!
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