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Is there a free ware version to run virtual servers on your network?

Posted on 2008-10-11
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Hello all!

 I am running 2003 and 2008 server in my network, I would like to start running and working with Virtual Machines. Is there a free version I can start to use that is stable and will work with 2003 and 2008 server.

Any input will be appreciated.
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by:thecomputerdocs
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I like Vmware's virtual server
Or
Sun virtualbox
OR Windows Virtual Server
all are searchable online and free.
I've used them all....I really like VMware, and Sun's is well worth checking out as well.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Most of them are free.

VMWare server is free
VMWare ESXi is free
Virtual Server 2005 R2 is free
Virtual PC is Free

They are all very stable and work with all Windows Operating Systems (32 bit).  64 bit Operating Systems I THINK will work under VMWare.  And if you have Server 2008, that includes Hyper-V which also supports 64 bit guest operating systems.
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by:jgiordano
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http://www.virtualbox.org/ will install and allow vm's on top of an OS

http://www.xen.org/ is more like a hypervisor that you install vms on top of
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by:Ted Bouskill
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VMware fully supports x86 and x64.  The caveat is that you can't run an x64 virtual machine on a x86 host

XenServer is comparable to VMware in regard to performance without as many features.

Microsoft's products only support SUSE Linux.

I've used all of the above and like VMware the best.  VMware workstation is only about $190 USD and it's feature to setup branching for different versions of a VM (none of the others do it) make it more than worth it.
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by:Ted Bouskill
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Sorry, I meant Microsoft's products only support Microsoft AND SUSE Linux
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Lee W, MVP earned 250 total points
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I would definitely recommend VMWare primarily because it supports USB Devices.  BUT, tedbilly is mistaken.  Virtual PC and Virtual Server support a WIDE VARIETY of operating systems - NOT just Suse linux (I've installed debian without issue and booted knoppix as well).  Futher, there is a web site (a little outdated because it's only explicitly for Virtual PC 2004, but 2007 is essentially the same - as is Virtual Server) that details HUNDREDS of operating systems that will run on Microsoft Virtual Machine applications.

http://vpc.visualwin.com/

I'll agree that while Microsoft products will USUALLY run any given operating system, Microsoft will only offer technical support if you have problems with very specific operating systems.
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by:mukulag
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tcmadmin, You have mentioned that you are running Windows 2008 machines. Hyper V is a free virtualization platform that comes with Windows server 2008. Why not give it a try? It is very stable and complements the Windows Environment very well.
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Thanks for the info
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