VMware has upgraded its Workstation hypervisor for PCs and Fusion hypervisor for Macs, with the goal of giving them more native performance, particularly for graphics — notorious for being clunky enough to make users cranky. VMware got its start virtualizing desktops and only gradually moved into the data center, and it still …
Can't wait until I can run WOW in the server room!
Can't wait to try...
Last time I tried various 3D CAD software in VMWare Workstation 7.0, it ran much faster without 'hardware' graphics acceleration enabled on the VM. I guess I'll need to grab a trial of this new one and see if it's maybe worth paying for. And apparently I'll have to try it with Windows 7 (probably not worth paying for, but that's what borrowed MSDN credentials are for, isn't it?), as the article doesn't mention XP on the driver compatibility list...
ya ya ya
but can it run crisis?
I'd prefer them to fix VMWare Server 2 so that it didn't run like such a dog (several of our servers are still running 1.x because guests perform better). It'd also be nice if they fixed the compatibility issues with Windows 7.
Still - I don't suppose we should expect too much of free software. It mostly works - it's just annoying how 2.0 was a step back from 1.0 in several areas.
VMware Server is going end of life
Server was just the next step along from GSX, already redundant when ESX (and the free Type 1 hypervisor ESXi) came along. The datacentre needed ESX and ESXi, and developers and the like needed workstation. But Server was absolutely redundant as soon as ESXi was free. Why use a type 2 hypervisor for production VMs when you have a single point of failure in the OS, as well as performance contention? Their ESXi is free, and bare metal, so you'll get much better performance and stability - you can run production on it instead.
If you are locked into using a type 2 hypervisor (maybe don;t want to shell out for Servers on their HCL), then use the free Player instead - at least is being updated, whereas I'm told Server is End of Life either this year or next.
in short, Server is crap, move on! :)
Bit late though
VMWare focused on the server, where the money was, and charge way too much for the mac version.
Virtualbox is becoming the common VM env that we use: free, good command line tooling, and much lighter weight on the desktop, and especially the laptop.
Fusion rocks, but...
on a BootCamp Mac you end up needing to get two Windows licenses to activate both in BootCamp and in Fusion. for the $ you'd hope they'd have fixed that by now
> - it's just annoying how 2.0 was a step back from 1.0 in several areas.
Well you don't have to worry about VMware Server anymore as it is dead.