VM software to run Windows 2003 on an XP pro laptop

Posted on 2008-10-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-05

I wanted to know which VM software or version of VMware either free or that I would have to buy as i don't mind paying for the software, which would work the best to run a Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition operating system on an Windows XP Porfessional OP laptop.

Question by:mmatharu
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philtpaik earned 50 total points
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To install VMware on a Windows OS, you will need VMware Server. The software is free.

ESX is a bare metal install.
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JoWickerman earned 50 total points
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Hi mmatharu,

You can have a look at this for added benefits:

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by:Lee W, MVP
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Virtual PC, VMWare, Hyper-V should all do just fine for it.
Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)


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waynewilliams earned 50 total points
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I have also found VirtualBox to work very well.

You are spoilt for choice really.  They all do pretty much the same thing, it's mostly just personal preference.

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ZJuanS earned 50 total points
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Here try this:

You will need to create an account before they let you download the software. It is free.
You should also take a look to the VMware workstation. They have a trial version that you can use to test it. It does amazing things.  Here is the link :

I think It may be just me but I prefer VMWARE.. We have many choises today but only few of them happen to stick around..


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you all gave excellent suggestions thanks you

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