Virtualization

My OS is win 7 prof 64 bit and i have the windows virtual pc andthe xp mode installed.    As I am getting ready for virtualization, do u think it is a good idea to intall the Oracle machine {because it i FREE} or will the Windows virtual pc be sufficient for the task.   I am trying to install VM so that I could try out the softwares before installing  on the main pc.  Thank u.
jegajothyretiredAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Oracle Virtualbox 4.0 [FREE]
http://www.virtualbox.org/ 

is a far better product than XP Mode!

XP Mode is just a very basic Hypervisor with XP support only! For you to run Windows XP OS and Applications.

If you want to run more Operating Systems and experiment with Desktop Virtualisation, e.g. Windows 8.0, you could also try VMware Player as well.


VMware Player 5.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 9.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation

long term if you want to use Desktop virtualisation,
VMware Workstation 9.0 is highly recommended.
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Karthik RajasekaranConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
You can choose any software that provides virutlization.. From vmware,oracle and microsoft..



But i would recommended if you have any plans to test and move to the production vmware the vm, then use vmware workstation to be in  a single platform..

Let me know if you have any concerns

With regards
Karthik rajasekaran
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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
In reponse to everyone, It looks lik the majority are in favor of vmware workstation, and I am inclined to go in this direction altough there is a price tag on it.  Because the amount of time spent on down time to troubleshoot is nothing but madness.
Thank u everyone for your suggestions and advice. Thank u.
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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
Excellent source of information from our Experts and Gurus.  Thank u.
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