VMware vs Hyper V

Hello,

i am looking for a free software to host 4 vritual Windows servers on. My quesion is there a free version of VMware that support an enterprise network and second what is the differents between VMware and HyperV?
Martin GerlachConsultantAsked:
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Clarifying alirezas comment:  While you should ALWAYS use SUPPORTED configurations in production, if this is for experimentation, learning, or "just for fun", Hyper-V will likely work with MOST operating systems.  Unsupported means there COULD be issues and MS won't help with them - not that it won't work.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
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Hyper-V Server (Microsoft - and included with most Server OSs)
ESXi Server (VMWare)

They are both bare metal hyper-visors, which means they'll get significantly better performance than products like VMWare Server and Virtual Server)

VMWare: More mature virtualization platform (been around a relative long time).  Uses Memory Sharing to increase density of VMs on the physical hardware (density = more VMs).  Supports most USB devices (USB emulation)
HyperV: Microsoft product, getting better (what I use).  Does not support USB (very well; the USB keyboard and mouse are fine, but forget about other devices especially storage devices).
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
VMWare has the drivers for the hardware (especially controller hardware) in the kernel so if it's not supported directly by ESXi, you cannot use that hardware.  Hyper-V on the other hand will allow you to load standard Windows drivers - so as long as Windows 2008 (or 2008 R2 if using HyperV R2) drivers are available, you can use the hardware.
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Martin GerlachConsultantAuthor Commented:
Could you provide me with the link to the Free ESXi Server download, i cant find it on their website. Also i need a tool that will convert a physical windows installation to a virtual machine i can use with either VMware or HyperV
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Look at VMWare's web site - I believe they have a tool.  Otherwise, commercial products such as DoubleTake, ShadowProtect, and Acronis can provide this capability.

http://downloads.vmware.com/d/details/hypervisor_41_installable_free/ZCV0YmRoaHBiZHdldA==
Its free, but I believe you have to register to get your serial number...
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alireza1023Commented:
one of the differences is that Hyper-v only support Redhat 5.4 and suse
but vmware support most of OS
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SysExpertCommented:
VMware has a free converter that you can download after you register on the website.


Plenty of info and tips available there also.

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Martin GerlachConsultantAuthor Commented:
What is the difference between the free version of VMware and the version you pay for?
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SysExpertCommented:
ESxi Server is free, but the management tools cost $$$$ after the first 60 day Evaluation period

All the good tools like Vmotion cost $$

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alireza1023Commented:
and in ESXi if it's purchased you can upgrade hardware of your guest without restart of them
I think now vmware is better than microsoft but it's more expensive
and Hyper-v is more compatible with microsoft products
I belive Microsoft will defeat Vmware
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