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VMware Server and Workstation are products that are designed to be used in two different environments. VMware Server is designed to be used in a server environment. VMware Server is based on the previous GSX server product.
Workstation is designed more of a single user product and to be used in a test/dev environment.
Since they are designed to be used in different environments, they each have different product features. For example WS has multiple snapshots, VMware Server supports one snapshot.
I recommend you look at the product information on the VMware Web Site to look at each product features and see which one meets your needs.
Although i am looking at the features that each product has i was primarily looking at how it runs as an application. How it manages memory, CPU times etc. Is it as stable as one of the paid versions of GSX Server?
I realise that Workstation and Server are two different product types, i was trying to use them as a comparison between free and paid. My appologies for making the topic a little un-specific.
Both products are of the "Hosted Product" family. Both share much of the same code base. Just because VMware Server is free does not mean that it is less stable or reliable than that of a paid product.
Since they do share much of the same code base, memory management is basically the same. with the exception of how much memory can be allocated to a virtual machine. VMware Server has a limit of 3.6GB of RAM per VM and WS 6 was updated to allow 8GB of RAM per VM.
Just because a product is free doesn't necassarily mean it's less worth than its paid counter part: P
I.e. look at java, firefox, etc.
VMserver has alot of capabilities and is likely sufficient for your needs - the paid version just adds more features to it, the way that most software does like any software release (Free winamp is great, but the paid one just adds like..cd burning and what nt... doesn't mean the free one isn't good enough)
If you have a larger company though, then it might be a good idea to invest in the paid versions just becuase distribution and management as well as support might be easier.
Of course this forum is a great source for support - these guys have been helping a lot and haven't banned me even though I've been such an a--hole: P
Of course this forum is a great source for support -
these guys have been helping a lot and haven't banned
me even though I've been such an a--hole: P
Yeah, but the forum police are watching your every move
Don't get me wrong this isn't an issue of 'free software is rubbish' type thing, i was just wondering if anyone who had used the free versions had found some disadvantages. I had heard some rumours about poor memory usage but i just wanted to check with the experts on this forum..
From what i have seen and used of VMware Server it looks like a fine quality product and i do agree that alot of free products are great "says he currently typing in his firefox window"
I think a couple of things have to said about free software from VMware (or any vendor for that matter) - putting the technical issue to one-side for a moment (we all know that ESX is the superior platform, and VirtualCenter the superior management UI)...
1. Whilst the product is free, support is not
2. Unless you run a some free OS like Fedora - the host products still need the OS to be licensed
3. The real reasons that M$ and VMwar have "free" products is not because they are charities but because they want to keep/gain market share and "lock" you into properity formats. Open-standards are largely meaningless unless others adopt them...
What do you need? The only features you care about are those that matter to you.
Are you looking to host a small number of servers? Remote management, runs as service, launch VMs at boot - all important features VMware Server provides.
Are you looking to do development and testing of various OS/software configurations? Snapshots, cloning, support for debugging, multiple screens, USB - all very useful features VMware Workstation provides.
We use all three. Developers are using VMware Workstation. We have a small number of VMs under VMware Server on a PC in the local office for shared/server use - some of which will eventually migrate to corporate IT-managed servers using VMware ESX.
As i said above guys i am purely looking at the technical side of the program, not at its features.
But thanks for the feedback all the same its been helpful as always and i praise the VMTN guys for all their help.