Okay, pardon me for being non-Microsofty, but I have no issues appreciating a job done well.
Full disclosure: I have a professional association with EMC Corp - the company that owns VMWare. But this post is my views, completely unbiased of my association with EMC.
VMWare, simply rocks! Thats all there is to it. VMWare simply kicks Virtual Server's ass out of town. I am running their latest release on Vista Ultimate, and here is a rundown of why exactly VMWare is hands-down a whole lot better than Virtual Server. (Virtual PC sucks so bad IMO, that I am not even going to bother comparing it with VMWare Workstation).
- VMWare actually works on Vista, without having to pull my hair out during setup.
- Do you have a laptop with Vista on it? Can you terminal service to the VM :-). Can the VM actually use the wireless connection? In Virtual Server, getting your VM to go out to the internet, on a wireless equipped vista laptop, is ridiculously difficult. With VMWare, it worked out of the box!! No shit! So does terminal servicing, file sharing between VMs or between the real machine and the VM.
- VMWare will let you take a physical machine and convert it to virtual. LOL :), bye bye old computer that I had to sell, but was worried about loosing it.
- The performance of Virtual machines using VMWare is hands-down better. Not only better, with VMWare you get
- And did I mention audio and video acceleration.
- I like VMWare's shortcut keys better than I like Virtual Server's. I think you will agree with me that rather than prerssing "Right Alt" + Del, "CTRL_ALT_DEL" is a lot better choice. LOL. And when you are full screened, or F11'ed (get VMWare, and you'll know what I'm talking about), the top bar lets you easily get back to where you were, or switch between VMs. The UI is a whole lot better than V'server.
- Oho - check this out -
In Virtual PC/Server, I have to monitor that crap myself. And VMWare keeps giving you such hints that make your virtual life a lot better.
- The snapshot manager in VMWare - TO DIE FOR -
Note: The above is linear only because I am still building that tree. With time, you can have an entire tree-view of time saving goodness. LOVE IT!
- Ability to map a virtual disk directly. Extremely useful if you need that file off of the virtual machine, but you don't quite wanna start the damn thing ;-). In Virtual server, you will have to start the virtual machine - and even then you have a 50-50 chance on Vista, if you will be able to connect to the machine :-/.
- And a whole huge list of other things such as a huge number of choices of kinds of disks you can support, etc.
- Much more advanced networking possible on VMWare than Virtual server.
- Don't need freakin' IIS eating up memory on my host OS.
- .. many other things.
So, in short, I'm a convert. Go get VMWare, virtualize your work - you will thank me later.