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VMware or Microsoft? – The Complete Series

VMware or Microsoft? – The Complete Series

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You can run full Hyper-V for FREE.You asked for it, so here it is!  Here is the list of articles in our “VMware or Microsoft? series, as submitted by our team of IT Pro Technology Evangelists.

UPDATE: The six weeks are over.  The series is complete.  Below is the entire list of articles!

We hope you find these useful!

Date

Article

Author

Aug 12, 2013

Series Introduction

Kevin Remde@KevinRemde

Aug 13, 2013

What is a “Purpose-Built Hypervisor?

Kevin Remde@KevinRemde

Aug 14, 2013

Simplified Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Host Patching = Greater Security and More Uptime

Chris Avis@ChrisAvis

Aug 15, 2013

Reducing VMware Storage Costs WITH Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Aug 16, 2013

Does size really matter?

Brian Lewis@BrianLewis_

Aug 19, 2013

Let’s talk certifications!

Matt Hester@MatthewHester

Aug 20, 2013

Virtual Processor Scheduling

Tommy Patterson@Tommy_Patterson

Aug 21, 2013

FREE Zero Downtime Patch Management

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Aug 22, 2013

Agentless Protection

Chris Avis - @ChrisAvis

Aug 23, 2013

Site to Site Disaster Recovery with HRM

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Aug 25, 2013

Destination: VMWorld

Jennelle Crothers@jkc137

Aug 26, 2013

Get the “Scoop” on Hyper-V during VMworld

Matt Hester@MatthewHester

Aug 27, 2013

VMWorld: Key Keynote Notes

Kevin Remde@KevinRemde

Aug 28, 2013

VMWorld: Did you know that there is no extra charge?

Kevin Remde@KevinRemde

Aug 29, 2013

VMWorld: A Memo to IT Leadership

Yung Chou@YungChou

Aug 30, 2013

Moving Live Virtual Machines, Same But Different

Matt Hester@MatthewHester

Sep 2, 2013

Not All Memory Management is Equal

Dan Stolts@ITProGuru

Sep 3, 2013

Can I get an app with that?

Matt Hester@MatthewHester

Sep 4, 2013

Deploying Naked Servers

Matt Hester@MatthewHester

Sep 5, 2013

Automated Server Workload Balancing

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Sep 6, 2013

Thoughts on VMWorld

Jennelle Crothers@jkc137

Sep 9, 2013

Shopping for Private Clouds

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Sep 11, 2013

Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Sep 12, 2013

Replaceable? or Extensible? What kind of virtual switch do you want?

Chris Avis@ChrisAvis

Sep 13, 2013

Offloading your Storage

Matt Hester@MatthewHester

Sep 16, 2013

VDI: A Look at Supportability and More!

Tommy Patterson@Tommy_Patterson

Sep 17, 2013

Agentless Backup for Virtual Environments

Special Guest Chris Henley@ChrisJHenley

Sep 19, 2013

How robust is your availability?

Kevin Remde@KevinRemde

Sep 20, 2013

VM Guest Operating System Support

Brian Lewis@BrianLewis_

Sep 23, 2013

How to license Windows Server VMs

Brian Lewis@BrianLewis_

Sep 24, 2013

Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Sep 25, 2013

Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

Sep 26, 2013

Automation is the Key to Happiness

Matt Hester@MatthewHester

Sep 27, 2013

Comparing Microsoft’s Public Cloud to VMware’s Public Cloud

Blain Barton@BlainBar 

Sep 30, 2013

What does AVAILABILITY mean in YOUR cloud?

Keith Mayer@KeithMayer

  • you state this would be a "respectful discussion". Part of a respectful discussion is mention the correct URL of a vendor. While one link seems to be disappear, this page still has a URL which leads to vm-unlimited.com instead of to vmware.com . I think this is unprofessional and is a false start for a series which claims to be 'respectfull'. Come on guys, adjust the url.

  • Right you are, Marcel.  That link is put in by my blogging software whenever I put in VMware, because I set it up to do that back when we had a site called "vm-limited".  I left it because I like the comparison site we have, that it resolves to.  But if the resolution of the URL is important to you, the absolutely I will change it.

  • Hello,

    the Link "Let’s talk certifications!" is not existing.

    Kind regards,

    Rolf

  • Thanks for pointing that out, Rolf.  This morning apparently my blog editor decided to flake out a bit, and substituted some strange relative paths for what were valid links to the blogs.technet.com articles.  I've fixed them, so they should all work properly now.

    Again - THANK YOU for commenting!

  • Hello Kevin,

    perfect :-) thank you. Very interesting topic. Exiting if the others do the same.  

    Kind regards,

    Rolf

  • Sorry, but until I can run Hyper-V on a 64-bit Windows 7 laptop without interrupting my other activities like I can with VMWare Workstation 9, I'll stick to VMWare Workstation.

    Don't get me wrong - I'd love to use Hyper-V to build VM's, but it's Microsoft that won't let me work in my preferred way, one that is not disruptive to my other work.  

    The last time I looked, in order to use Hyper-V, I would have to "repave" my laptop with a Windows Server operating system, which would immediately be banned from hooking up to the network where I work.

    With VMWare Workstation, I spin up a few Windows Services (with a handy PowerShell script), double-click on a .vmx file on my solid state disk drive, and off I go.  Simple and easy.  No rebooting.  Between 16GB of RAM, a BIOS that supports hardware-assisted virtualization and a large SSD, VMWare Workstation runs really fast for me.

  • You are aware that you can install Hyper-V on Windows 8, aren't you?  Our answer to a "workstation" product in Windows 7 and earlier was Virtual PC.  On Windows 8 x64 (and with hardware supporting it) you can add the Hyper-V role.

    The purpose of this series is to compare server virtualization, not workstation or client virtualization.  You're welcome to stick with what works for you, of course.  If you're running Windows 7 and want virtualization on your desktop OS, VMware Workstation is just great.

  • VmWare, because he has VT-d. When in Hyper-V? Never? So the choice is simple.

  • km - I'm sorry to say, you are mistaken.  As proof, I offer you SR-IOV.  Hyper-V in 2012 and 2012 R2 does SR-IOV, which requires Intel VT -D, (technet.microsoft.com/.../hh831389).

    Here's a question back to you: When will VMware be able to do a live migration (sorry, "vMotion") of a VM that is using SR-IOV?  

    As you say, "the choice is simple"

  • This whole topic makes me laugh. MS isn't even close. Anyone running VMware knows this...particularly if they tried to PoC Hyper-V to feature compare. I say try because they often get so frustrated with the fragmented management and core functionality loss that it stalls

  • C (if that is your real name) - You really should read some of the articles in the series.  VMware still doesn't have what Microsoft has had in-market for a year now with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012.

    In a recent internal e-mail, Jeff Woolsey provided us a short list (with extended commentary that I've left out) of some features that Microsoft has in-market, even without considering what's added or improved in the up-coming R2 release:

    1. Proper Virtual Fibre Channel. Specifically, presenting an honest to goodness virtual fibre channel HBA in the guest.  

    2. Cluster Scale. 64 nodes and 8000 VMs.

    3. SMB 3.0 - support for SMB Multi-Channel and Continuous Availability

    4. SR-IOV _with_ Live Migration.

    5. Open, Extensible Switch. (not just replaceable)

    6. In-Box Storage Virtualization.

    7. Native 4k Disk Support.

    8. Integrated Disk Encryption. (Microsoft's BitLocker)

    9. RemoteFX - an integrated hardware accelerated GPU sharing mechanism.

    This short list above compares what Microsoft shipped LAST YEAR in Windows Server 2012 to what VMware is going to ship with vSphere 5.5.

    Sincerely, I invite you put aside what I know for many IT Pros is literally YEARS of (what were once) valid assumptions on who the leader in datacenter virtualization is, and do a fresh re-evaluation.

  • tried hyper-V in Windows 8 64bit, easy to migrate virtual machine but doesn't support usb so I reverted back to vmware worstation

  • Did you try doing remote desktop to the VM instead of the virtual machine connection?  Remote desktop supports USB redirection.

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