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Microsoft Virtual PC vs VMWare for a single developer with multiple PC's

I've got MSDN Universial so I already have MS Virtual PC.

I've got 5 boxes (workgroup) and a network drive. I want to be able to switch fast and easily between a development configuration and several test configurations, including running SBS 2003/Exchange in a domain with 2-5 pcs.

is MS Virtual PC an adequate tool for this or should I not waste my time and effort and implement VMWare instead? Put another way, given what I want to do, is VMware worth the additional $$$ vs. what I can do with Microsoft Virtual PC

Also what is Microsoft Virtual PC Server and do I care given the above? Does it have to run on a SBS 2003 or is Win XP adequate?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
They are basically the same products.  If you already have Virtual PC, I see no need for VMWare.  VPC works just fine in my opinion (I use it often enough and don't have any complaints).
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Of course, you might want to get Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 as it's intended to run on Servers... see: http://vpc.visualwin.com/

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
VMWare is generally faster... the same way a 1GHz CPU is faster than a 933 MHz CPU.  I don't think I'd pay extra for the 1 GHz when I ALREADY have the 933.  Here's some reviews for you:
In addition there was a review of both a couple months back in Windows IT Pro Magazine.  If you don't have a subscription and your a Windows IT Pro, you're doing yourself a disservice.  It's a fantastic magazine, despite the frequent name changes (Was Windows NT Magazine, Windows 2000 Magazine, Windows & .NET Magazine, now Windows IT Pro - all in the last 7 years or so).
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I currently run Virtual Server 2005 on a few SBS machines, and it works wonderfully.  You can't install Virtual PC on a server, but you can install a server on Virtual PC although it doesn't resource itself as well as on Virtual Server 2005.  I think Virtual Server 2005 is pretty awesome for a first release product (from MS).

On my test box, I'm running SBS2003 Premium as the host (along with CRM 1.2 Server) with 5 additional machines as guests (Server 2003 Terminal Server App Mode, WinXP Pro, Windows Server 2000, Server 2003 Live Communication Server and Redhat Linux Enterprise 3.0).  All of that is on a HP Proliant ML310 w/3.4Ghz P4 w/4GB of RAM.

It only starts squeaking if I run EVERYTHING at once which is rare -- although I half expect a screw or spring to fly off in a wild fit... but so far so good...

Here is a list of free workshops from VMware in various cities. At the end of the spiel you get a fully functional copy of VMware Workstation 5. At least that's whats being listed. Of course you don't get it until the end of the workshop, but hey I'm betting they'll show some tips and tricks.


If there's a city near you, I'd register quickly. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON JUNE 3RD!!!

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