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VMWare Server 2.0 Beta…kinda

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The new VMWare Server 2.0 is out on public beta, you can register at VMWare for a free serial for any platform it supports. One of the supposed great new features is exactly my gripe with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2: it is only accessible via a web interface.

Yes that’s right gentlefolks, it actually installs an Apache Tomcat server. The interface is pretty sleek, but there was a noticeable lag in loading compared with VMWare Server 1.x.

Vista host seems OK, and it does support network bridging (finally!). I couldn’t get it to power on VMs on bootup using an XP host. Kinda annoying. It also uses a new format to store VM configuration settings and disk storage, but still supports all the other VMWare formats.

Apart from the improved 64bit support for host and guests, and improved Vista host support, having to load up a web browser to access a web server that’s purely dedicated to hosting web pages configuring your LAN virtual machines is a total harpoon up the arse. I think I’ll stay with 1.x for now.

Written by art

December 5th, 2007 at 11:38 pm

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