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Which Is Better VirtualBox Or VMware Workstation 9

  1. #1


    Kolkata, India
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    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

    Which Is Better VirtualBox Or VMware Workstation 9


    Hello Guys, Hope you all are fine.

    I want to install some of the programs and OS that I want to test before installing them on my actual computer. But, here I am confused between the two Virtualization Products:-

    1) Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16

    2) VMware Workstation 9.0.2

    Both of these are popular and will work flawlessly but my question is that which would be more better to work. I know that VBox is free and is GNU whereas VMware is expensive but I am ready to pay for it if its better.

    Please help me and tell which I should use.

    I need the following qualities:-

    1) Easy to use User Interface
    2) Reliable
    3) Work Flawlessly
    4) Should not decrease my Host Performance
    5) Should have a good Graphics Acceleration

    Thanks..................

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  2. #2


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    There are tons of articles on this one. Google it: Workstation vs VirtualBox
    Here's a recent one:
    Review: VMware Workstation 9 vs. VirtualBox 4.2 | Virtualization - InfoWorld

    Each time, Workstation wins overall due to the stability, reputation and features it has + you get better performance at cpu and gpu in a VM.

    VirtualBox would win the host performance section because it doesn't slow the host (or the least slowdown you can get): no services are installed at all and of course also the best price tag which is free. For the rest, go to Workstation's features. All VirtualBox VM's are usually fast.

    Workstation has just a minor impact on performance (due to a lot of features + services) and with modern hardware this isn't a problem at all. Workstation VM's are usually more advanced if you consider the different hardware versions (to choose from) and so many system resources propped in a VM when needed.

    On Workstation you also have the best graphic acceleration of the two and drag and drop exists (VBox still works at dnd and is experimental for Linux only at the moment).

    If by the way you also need real stretched full screen the you'll need Workstation for its "exclusive mode".
    VirtualBox has something called "scale mode" but the graphics still have issues in this mode.

    In the end Workstation Unity Mode integrates best between host and guest.

    Something I didn't found much about online yet:
    Workstation's UEFI mode supports also Windows so you can have UEFI in a VM even if the host is legacy MBR.
    VirtualBox UEFI doesn't support Windows yet. You can still install OS X and Linux though.
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  3. #3


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,586
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Number 4 on your list is impossible, any virtual environment you run will have an impact on the Host performance. You may want to modify that point to "Have the least impact on my host performance".

    Define good graphics acceleration. No VM will have graphics performance anywhere near the graphics performance of the host.

    I have never done A-B comparisons between VB and VMWare Workstation so I can't answer your question directly. I have used both VB and VMWare Player quite a bit and find them both very good.

    Here is an article that compares the 2 products and gives the nod to VMWare: Review: VMware Workstation 9 vs. VirtualBox 4.2 | Virtualization - InfoWorld
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  4. #4


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by strollin View Post
    Number 4 on your list is impossible, any virtual environment you run will have an impact on the Host performance. You may want to modify that point to "Have the least impact on my host performance".

    Define good graphics acceleration. No VM will have graphics performance anywhere near the graphics performance of the host.

    I have never done A-B comparisons between VB and VMWare Workstation so I can't answer your question directly. I have used both VB and VMWare Player quite a bit and find them both very good.

    Here is an article that compares the 2 products and gives the nod to VMWare: Review: VMware Workstation 9 vs. VirtualBox 4.2 | Virtualization - InfoWorld
    That's right but one of the two will be better than the other at some points.

    Of course VM's will NEVER match the pure host performance (especially graphics) so that's why we exclude the host: fight is between VM's and virtualization programs alone.
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  5. #5


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    After you've tested the two programs yourself you'll decide better. Only listening at others' advice and choices will not help you completely.

    I used both and at some points I don't fully agree with online comparisons because it depends on what features you use and mark as more important.
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  6. #6


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    My VM program of choice is VMWare. . .

    It just works. . .
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  7. #7


    Posts : 165
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    But, here I am confused between the two Virtualization Products:-
    1) Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16
    2) VMware Workstation 9.0.2
    VMware is expensive
    Why not compare with:
    3) VMware Player 5.0.2
    It's also free. Supports drag and drop from host to client and vice versa, UEFI boot and GPT drives and hardware of host computer (e.g. webcam, fingerprint reader, WLAN and bluetooth)
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Narayan View Post
    But, here I am confused between the two Virtualization Products:-
    1) Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.16
    2) VMware Workstation 9.0.2
    VMware is expensive
    Why not compare with:
    3) VMware Player 5.0.2
    It's also free. Supports drag and drop from host to client and vice versa, UEFI boot and GPT drives and hardware of host computer (e.g. webcam, fingerprint reader, WLAN and bluetooth)
    I don't recommend workstation for enthusiasts as it is expensive and most people are just fine with features of vmware player or virtual box.
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  9. #9


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    depending on what's running on the VM and above all you have enough RAM (VM's eat RAM for breakfast) then on modern hardware neither VBOX or the VMware products (workstation or player) will cause any degradation on the HOST - certainly none that is noticeable --especially if you have the VM's on one or more SSD's.

    If you want to use VIDEO on your VM then the VMware products IMO are far superior to the ORACLE (VBOX) product and it does seem that legacy hardware works better with VMWARE -- for instance some FIREWIRE appliances still work with VMware workstation and an XP Virtual machine.

    However for the FREE products it's easy to try both -- just don't ACTIVATE the VM until you have decided on your configuration -- XP allows 30 days before needing activation -- W7 also allows some time too -- only W8 seems to require some type of activation to install it which is a bit of a bugbear if you want to do a lot of configuration testing.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. #10


    Kolkata, India
    Posts : 127
    Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    OK, Thank you all for helping and I am ready to use Oracle VM VirtualBox.
    But does anyone know how to enable EFI support on VBox?

    Thank You............
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