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Hi,

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.

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To install VMware on a Windows OS, you will need VMware Server. The software is free.

http://vmware.com/products/server/

ESX is a bare metal install.
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Hi mmatharu,

You can have a look at this for added benefits:

http://www.petri.co.il/virtual_top_5_free_vmware_appliances.htm

Cheers.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Virtual PC, VMWare, Hyper-V should all do just fine for it.
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I have also found VirtualBox to work very well.  

http://www.virtualbox.org/

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

http://www.vmware.com/freedownload/login.php?product=server20

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 :

http://www.vmware.com/products/ws/

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..

JS
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you all gave excellent suggestions thanks you
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