The usual response would be to install workstation, and then install ESX as an instance within that. That way you can demonstrate the ESX capabilities on the laptop.
What do you actually want to use this for though? Showing off ESX? Or just to run multiple VMs on the laptop?
Hi Anthony, thanks for responding.
The reason for this is that there are several consultants supplied with virtual machine images from our partners, some in VMware format and some in Microsoft (.VHD) format. We don't want to have to convert VMs between formats and the simple approach would be one workstation, with VMware Workstation or Server running alongside Virtual PC or Server; however we don't want the performance hit of running a hosted virtualisation solution and so are looking to dual-boot between two hypervisors (ESXi and the one I can't mention on this forum?).
There is also no budget for tools - hence the reason for using free virtualisation products.