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virtualizing XP under Linux and remote IE testing

theBlueSage <tbs-Gb/NUjX2UK8 at> writes:

> I have done side-by-side comparisons on this, xen -vs- virtualbox -vs-
> vmware server, and I hate to admit it but vmware-server ran rings around
> the rest. I was running 5 virtual machines simultaneously and needed
> then to all allow 'as needed' disk allocation growth (running a
> mysql-cluster in the vm for node failover testing). vmware server prove
> the most efficient, the most manageable, and the easiest to reconfigure
> on the fly. IT may not be the same as you running 32 windows XP virtual
> machines, but pound for pound the vmware-server out performed everything
> else. 
> I will say though that its 'hypervisor' attempt ( a web browser based
> management interface for the vm server) is pretty clunky, and was
> obviously written by geeks for geeks with no attempt to make it look
> good. However, it is functional and I suspect that is all they cared
> about.

Too bad their javascript web interface throws my F12 Firefox 3.5 client
into a tizzy whenever I login.  :(   And I had to tell the console
plugin to use the shipped gtk in order to work properly...

But yes, I definitely love vmware-server!

       Derek Atkins, SB '93 MIT EE, SM '95 MIT Media Laboratory
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