Russ Thompson on 30 Jan 2012 11:09:05 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] VMware Workstation 8 review

Have you looked into Citrix XenServer? I'm not sure of your specific requirements, but I've been using it in production for the past several years in large revenue e-commerce operations.

On Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 11:33 PM, Pat Barron <> wrote:
On 1/29/2012 4:33 PM, JP Vossen wrote:

Pat, the last time I tried the free ESXi stuff, I was unable to get it to do anything useful.  And I don't even see the "free" download anymore, though I spent almost zero time looking.  I get ESXi 4 to run, but actually doing anything useful with a VM seems to require a whole bunch of *very* not-free stuff.

Admittedly, they do *not* make it easy to find...

VMs are managed using the administration client that's bundled with ESXi (which provides the console GUI also).

The only other tool I've needed to use to work with ESXi is VMware vSphere Converter:

Which is also free...

It is a little picky about what hardware it runs on - I bet most desktop/server systems would be no problem, but I had to get ESXi running on a Lenovo Thinkpad W520 a few months ago and that was a bit of an adventure...

I still also run VMware Server 2.0 for some stuff, though yeah, getting it to build on a modern Fedora release was also a bit of an adventure.

VMware Workstation may be the right tool for what you're doing, and admittedly ESXi takes over the entire machine (and you also need to manage it from a separate machine).  But ESXi is a nice option for lots of tasks, it's served my needs pretty well... ;-)


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