I'm not sure if the title really says it all, but here's my question.
We have quite a few users who have a Macbook Pro with Cinedisplay setup for BCC purposes and also to allow having virtualization of XP on OS X. We've done things, since the beginning of this program, by installing XP via a Boot Camp partition first then having VMWare sniff it out and run Windows XP off the prior installed partition.
My question is this: Performance wise is it better to run things this way or just to make a "pure" virtual system. My users don't really do anything other than your standard office work. A lot of Microsoft Office(Outlook and Excel in particular), Adobe Acrobat and Federal web apps.
I like that while running things in a "pure" virtualized state(not off the Boot Camp partition) I have options like snapshots and things of that nature I can take. Plus I can back everything up via Time Machine to our local MAC servers as well as our other means of backing up via Backup Exec.
So, right, all you knowledgeable people.. in a typical office environment using the applications everyday..all day that they use(MS Office, web-based apps in IE, Adobe) would there be a noticeable difference in performance in a strictly "pure" virtualized instance of XP versus using the Boot Camp partition as the base?
All these systems have 4 gigs of RAM, at least, and have pretty good dual-core processors so we can allocate 2 gigs of memory and at least one of the cores to the virtualized session as necessary.