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Windows 8 Client Hyper-v verses VMWare Workstation 9

  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    don't forget that on a Windows 8 Host you can ONLY enable HYPER-V OR VMWORKSTATION - so unfortunately if you want to compare the advantages or otherwise of each then you will have to test them on separate hosts ( or Virtual machines)..

    My problem with HYPER-V concerns the use of Virtual Network switches using a Wireless Network card. It can be made to work but it is fiddly.

    It really depends on what you want your setup to do. I'd imagine for a Server Farm type of stuff you perhaps should be considering something like the FREE VMware ESXI -- these days the hardware requirements aren't that severe to run this - almost anything will do as a "White box" - apart from the NIC's -- it's fussy on what it will work with -- the Intel Pro Network adapters work fine (and aren't expensive).

    Running a whole slew of virtual servers or machines on a standard desktop perhaps isn't the best if these vm's are for "Productive use". For testing it's fine of course.

    I haven't as yet seen anything significantly worthwhile in VMware workstation 9 that would make this a "must have" upgrade unless you have USB3 ports which I do - but since I get this from work I'm going to have a real play with it so I can report back later.

    If you use the Unity mode then Full screen support is nice but I need to do more testing. USB3 support is nice too -- more and more computers will be equipped with these so this will become important in future.

    For Virtualising essentially MS OS'es probably HYPER-V if it can be made to work well in your environment will save you oodles of money so it might be worth while having a go with this. For Non MS OS'es I'd probably stick with VMware.

    I'm not sure either if HYPER-V VM's can support USB3 -- For Virtual servers this might not be important but for virtualising client desktops etc this could be a feature that mightnmake you lean towards VMware solutions.

    Note that a W8 VM running under VMware workstation can ITSELF have HYPER-V running - but I havn't tried to create another VM on top of the running VM -- performance I suspect would be an issue here although it could be used as a Proof of Concept (POC) machine.

    So "You pays your money (or not) and makes your choice".

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    Posts : 354
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    My problem with HYPER-V concerns the use of Virtual Network switches using a Wireless Network card. It can be made to work but it is fiddly.
    This was an issue with Hyper-V 2.0 (you had to bridge/share/or use RAAS in order to use wifi). It's not a problem with Hyper-V 3.0, which is found on Windows 8 and Server 2012. You can bind an external virtual network to a wireless NIC directly from the Hyper-V virtual network settings.
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  3. #13


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Kebero View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    My problem with HYPER-V concerns the use of Virtual Network switches using a Wireless Network card. It can be made to work but it is fiddly.
    This was an issue with Hyper-V 2.0 (you had to bridge/share/or use RAAS in order to use wifi). It's not a problem with Hyper-V 3.0, which is found on Windows 8 and Server 2012. You can bind an external virtual network to a wireless NIC directly from the Hyper-V virtual network settings.

    Hi there

    Thanks for the info - appreciate that

    It's really p----ng down with rain today in Brussels (Typical European "Summer"!) so while I'm stuck indoors in a hotel waiting to watch Liverpool V Man City playing Soccer in one of my favourite bars this afternoon I'll have a play with this -- I've got two laptops around and a really SOOPER DOOPER fast Internet so I should be able to set up a "mini lab" and have a play.

    The Wifi issue was why I stopped testing before -- appreciate the info.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #14


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    I'm currently sitting through the leading edge of a tropical storm, so I know all about rain, lol. I've used Hyper-V a lot because I was able to get a license for Windows Server 2008 R2 via my Dreamspark account, whereas I would have had to pay for VMware (although I have used VMware Player at previous jobs and VMware Workstation in class). Now that I've installed the final build of WIN8 PRO, I figured I may as well keep using Hyper-V (although I have signed up for a VCP course that starts in October).
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