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Old 01-05-2011, 10:08 PM
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Default Which is the best Virtual Server software at this point?

I' ve used VM ware in the past but left in at V2.0 as I found the web interface to be very buggy. I also used VirtualBox but that seemed to crash fairly often under little load.

So, what do you say?

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Old 01-05-2011, 11:00 PM
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I used VMWare for quite some time. I am on VirtualBox at the moment and have been for a couple of years. I have not had any problems in the last year with Virtualbox. I am running it on Ubuntu and have clients for several operating systems.

I am concerned about the new owners of virtualbox. Their culture is very different then the previous owners. But for now I beat the heck out of Virtualbox and have no system issues.
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No problems with either VMWare or VirtualBox, but I prefer the latter.
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I use VirtualBox to. I have my website hosted on it right now and I have multiple VM's setup for testing. I am running it on a Dell Optiplex 745 P-M 2.8 2Gb DDR2 running OpenSUSE 11.2 as the host OS and Windows 2003 server in the VM. I have absolutely no problems with it.
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I've also been happy with VirtualBox. For me, hardware abstraction is more important than resource efficiency and load balancing etc. However not being tied to certain hardware means being tied to a virtualization platform, and Oracle makes me nervous. So I may end up learning Xen one day.
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I've also been happy with VirtualBox. For me, hardware abstraction is more important than resource efficiency and load balancing etc. However not being tied to certain hardware means being tied to a virtualization platform, and Oracle makes me nervous. So I may end up learning Xen one day.
This is true Oracle very well may screw us all by pulling the plug on Vbox.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:10 AM
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Give Proxmox VE a try. Using it at my full time job and will be using it for my business. Last week put together a test environment with Proxmox VE 1.7 on my primary server. From there I cobbled together a borrowed server from FTJ and installed Ubuntu 10.10 to a PATA drive. Software mirrored a couple SATA drives in the Ubuntu 10.10 box and installed vblade. On the Proxmox VE box installed AoE. Had to do LVM on the Ubuntu box and was then able to install W7 Pro and another Ubunut 10.10 for testing on the mirrored drives. So far so good. May be using this setup for future installs. Not a real fan of having more points of failure with AoE and vblade. May just use the Proxmox VE and skip the AoE.
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VMWare Workstation is the best I've used. Very nice interface for switching from one VM to another. Much easier to setup and use and the free VM Server 2.0.

I've had plenty of networking problems with VirtualBox in the past and it does have the limitation, along with Virtual PC, that it won't guest 64bit OS unless you have suitable hardward virtualisation. I.e. software virtualization is not supported for 64-bit VMs.
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I have only used VMware and Virtual PC. Do not like Virtual PC at all. I really like VMware and have used it for years with no problem. I have never heard of VirtualBox but I guess I'll have to check it out.
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