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Re: yum install vmware-server



Andras Simon wrote:
>> Hmm, I must not have been paying attention. Is vmware now available at
>> no charge?
>>
>> Andy
>>
> The "player" and "server" are. They will run pre-built OS images.
>
> http://www.vmware.com/products/free_virtualization.html
>

"server" is also capable of creating/installing new virtual machines.

Indeed. And I _think_ that even the player can be used as a
full-fledged vmware-workstation with a little help from some websites
that can generate the necessary .vmx files for you.

But then I never really understood the difference between
vmware-server and vmware-workstation.

"Server" separates the machine runtime from the display console. The machine can be running one or more VMs without displaying any of them and the console utility can run on the same or a different machine (cross platform), connecting only when you need it. Workstation ties the display to the runtime and adds some features that would be most useful in development like multiple save/restore snapshots (server permits one, player none), cloning VM images from a common ancestor with only the changes taking storage space, and controlling groups of virtual machines in single operations.

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