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Virtual PC as an interim solution for Virtual Server

Is Virtual PC a good tool to use if you don't have Virtual Server installed? Serdar Yegulalp addresses the differences between the two in this expert response.

I don't have Microsoft Virtual Server installed, but I have Microsoft Virtual PC running. Can I run servers in Virtual PC anyway as an interim solution?

You can in fact run various server operating systems in Virtual PC, but this isn't a great idea for a number of reasons. For one, Virtual PC doesn't use more than one processor at a time for emulating multiple machines; it runs everything in a single thread on the same processor. If you're running multiple servers side-by-side on a machine with more than one processor, Virtual PC will shortchange you pretty heavily. Besides, with Virtual Server being free now, there's no reason not to set it up and migrate to it.

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