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Windows Hyper-V or VMware Workstation for test lab creation on the laptop ?

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Hi People,

Can anyone please suggest me which product is suitable to deploy multiple Windows Server 2012 VM to simulate Exchange Server 2013 and Share Point Server 2013 interaction ?

At the moment I have Windows 8.1 Laptop with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD, I wonder if deploying it over the free building Hyper-V can be a good option in terms of speed and performance or should I use VMware workstation instead ?

Any kind of suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Client Hyper-V is a Type 1 Hypervisor, performance is much better than an application such as VMware workstation which is Type 2, and also cosst $199!

Client Hyper-V is FREE!

VMware Workstation is a Type 2 Hypervisor, other Type 2 Hypervisors include, VMware Server 2, VMware Player 3.0, Virtualbox 4.0, and Parallels.

Type 2 Hypervisors are SLOW.  In most reviews and experience, they perform at roughly 30-40% hardware capability.  That means an OS in a VM run off VMWare Workstation will likely perform at best like it has an 800 MHz CPU if you have 2 GHz physical CPU. You install Type 2 hypervisors onto of an existing host operating system.

If you use a Type 1 Hypervisor, you get MUCH better performance. ESX, ESXi, are all Type 1 hypervisors - they (based on experience and reviews) typically get 80-90% hardware capability - so that same VM run off the same 2 GHz CPU should operate more like it has a 1.6 GHz CPU instead of 800 Mhz. Type 1 hypervisors are installed on the bare metal of the server.

Type 1 Hypervisors also include Hyper-V.

8GB RAM is not much though! You really want alot more!
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Hancock,

Thanks for the explanation, the Hyper-V that I mean here is the Hyper-V server Type 2 that is available or can be enabled in Windows 8.1
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Hyper-V is available in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.0/8.1

It's a Type 1 Hypervisor. It's not Type 2 like VMware Workstaton?

So why would you pay for less performance?

Yes, it can be enabled in Add Features, providing you Laptop Processor supports it.
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cool, so in this case yes, the Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 is more powerful (and free) than the VMware workstation :-)
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Correct, hit the nail on the head, I do not see how VMware is ever going to compete with this!

a bit like Internet Explorer included with the OS, and most use IE! before downloading and turning to Chrome or Firefox! (and they are free!)
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