Re: VMware Server on Windows vs. VMware Server on Linux

Andrew Kutz caused more than a few waves with his article on VMware Server on Windows vs. VMware Server on Linux. Check out this feedback and answer query for some more info.

[*Editor's Note: Read the original article here.]

Regarding running VMware Server on XP, it may not be technically supported but it runs just fine on XP Pro; I ran the beta and 1.0 for many months before going back to the Workstation (I needed the nested snapshots). It's just like the Linux version, CentOS, which is a binary clone of RHEL, will run VMware Server just fine-and without the costs of Red Hat's subscription service. But if you want support (other than news groups or VMware's Community forums), you need to run it on a listed OS.

Another thing about choosing a host OS, with Linux, you can strip the OS down to just the bare minimums which can...

reduce the overhead of the host OS and you don't have the very poor memory management that Windows OSes have to get in the way either.

Funny thing about replacing the shell with cmd.exe, I've been doing that with my Windows servers for years and I still recomend that to all my clients and a few have implemented it. It is a sure way to add stability to Windows and has the added bonus of removing the temptation for admins to run applications on the company database server or surf the web on the main file server.

The one thing I would like to respond to is this:
"Regarding running VMware Server on XP, it may not be technically supported but it runs just fine on XP Pro; I ran the beta and 1.0 for many months before going back to the Workstation"

It will install and run, but the Management User Interface (MUI) will not install on IIS 5. There are reports of getting it to work by manually configuring IIS, and I have in fact done so as well, but that was beyond the scope of this article.

CentOS is a great little Linux distro, isn't it!? You hit the nail on the head though -- I only listed supported OS distributions (and XP is not one) because I realize that the people reading my articles may not desire to spend the extra time it sometimes takes to hack at a piece of software to make it work. They want it to "just work." The only way to guarantee that with any level of support is by running the software on a supported operating system.

Thank you for reading the article!

This was first published in January 2007

Dig Deeper on VMware virtualization



Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.



Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:






  • VDI assessment guide

    Wait! Don't implement VDI technology until you know your goals and needs. A VDI assessment should consider the benefits of a VDI ...

  • Guide to calculating ROI from VDI

    Calculating ROI from VDI requires a solid VDI cost analysis. Consider ROI calculation models, storage costs and more to determine...

  • Keep the cost of VDI storage under control

    Layering, persona management tools and flash arrays help keep virtual desktop users happy and VDI storage costs down.