New VM - VirtualBox
Posted 16 January 2007 - 07:58 PM
The interesting part isn't so much that it's free (as in 0$) as there's already more than enough free solutions, but it's open source.
Either ways I'm sticking to VMWare Server (and the VMWare Converter for MS' .VHD files)
Posted 16 January 2007 - 10:44 PM
BTW what VM's right now take advantage of AMD Virtualization Technology a.k.a AMD-V or Pacifica?
 nvm I think I found the answer
Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:00 PM
One thing I like is it is only a 10.8MB MSI Installer (extracted/installed its about 21.3MB) so its much leaner than VMWare Workstation v5.5 (90MB MSI), which includes some large iso's.
I just tested it on my new X2 3800 (AM2) with XP Pro SP2 and the performance was excellent, definetly better than VMWare with my last cpu (Venice 3000). However I have not tested VMWare yet with my new processor so the results may be better or same.
 if you install the "Guest Additions" (think VMware tools) the performance is almost native!
Still gotta test vmware with new cpu to compare, but this is awesome
Some observations: cannot drag and drop files between host and guest with the additions installed.
Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:56 PM
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\.VirtualBox\Machines\Virtual Machine Name\
Once I am done a current project that I use VMware for, I will be switching over.
Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:36 PM
PS Thanks Jeremy I was wondering where the snapshots were being stored, did not bother to investigate
Posted 18 January 2007 - 01:31 AM
VirtualBox - 9:19
VMware - 10:12
Thats about 10% faster
NOTE that Windows Setup time is probably largely determined by the read/write speed of the hard drive and not so much the vm. So I would expect a wider performance rift in benchmarks that better test the vm software itself.
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