February 16, 2009

a little comparison of VMWare Server vs. VMWare Workstation

Filed under: VMWare — Dan @ 5:07 pm
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Found a couple useful links on this.  First, kontrawize, here, http://kontrawize.blogs.com/kontrawize/2006/03/vmware_server_v.html, starts off by noting what for me is perhaps the most important difference.  Workstation is user-mode, i.e., the Virtual Machine (VM) only runs if you are logged in to the host and have started the VM.  If you log off, the VM is stopped.  Server, on the other hand, runs as a service, which means the VM is not dependent on whether anyone is logged in to the host or not.  In fact, you can configure the VM to start upon host startup, as opposed to having to manually start the VM after you log in.

One of the comments in the above blog leads here, http://www.virtualization.info/lab/VMwareWKS60_vs_VMwareSVR10.pdf, the only side-by-side feature comparison I was able to find at that time.  Although it’s now a little old, I found it extremely useful to have a feature comparison in grid format like this.

Wanted to document this stuff for myself at least, maybe it will help someone else, too.

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