VMware vSphere Review

Formerly the Leading First Generation, Free of Charge Virtualization Server of VMware

Valuable Features:

• VMware server is a free hosted virtualization server which runs on top of various operating systems such as Linux, Solaris, Windows and Netware • It separates single physical server into various virtual machines which can be deployed many times • The installation of the server no longer requires hardware configuration • It serves as a testing environment for experimental OS, patches and softwares but does not need installation or any configuration • It can automatically starts virtual machine at system boot • It can also take full control of virtual machines from remote computers • It provides a complete GUI VMX editor • It allows virtual machines to use two VSMP processors • VMware server 2.0 has Web Management Interface which is used to easily manage virtual machines

Room for Improvement:

• VMware has lesser functionality than the proprietary VMware ESX • VMware server does not fully control the scheduling of hardware resources because the complete control falls into the underlying operating system • VMware Server Support ended on June 30, 2011
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

Precise but to the point. VMware Server is an excellent virtulization product. However, lack of support since the end of June in 2011 was quite a blow. This has seen many businesses switch to use VMware ESX for their virtualization needs.