Andrew Connell and I were rapping over IM earlier tonight about VMWare vs Virtual Server/PC. As SharePoint-y guys - virtualization is a *must* for us.
Andrew blogged about and is requesting a serious discussion about this, so if you have any opinions on that - please contribute on his blog.
Here is my view,
I've tried, Virtual PC 2005/2007, Virtual Server 2005 R2, and VMWare Workstation 6.0 in the near past. IMO, VMWare Workstation 6.0 is hands down better.
You can see that reflected in Todd B's blogpost here. He makes the argument of 1:29 hours saved over a month. It's not about the 1 hour 29 minutes - it's the constant frustration of watching an hourglass. Also, it's not just about performance. VMWare has a much better UI, and much better features. (My thoughts on VMware vs Virtual Server earlier).
Now here is the deal. My argument is that most developers, ESPECIALLY, Microsoft devs, haven't even tried VMWare. Why? Because MSFT's virtualization products are free.
But this IMO isn't a Netscape 4.7 vs IE 4 battle. VMware Workstation, I feel, really is a much better product - albeit not free.
What are your views? Please join the healthy discussion on Andrew's blog - especially - if you've tried both VMWare and Virtual Server/PC.