Windows Hyper-V or VMware Workstation for test lab creation on the laptop ?
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.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)
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!