Desktop Hypervisors: Hyper-V Vs. VMware Workstation
For those who test and prepare using personal VM's and snapshots, VMware Workstation is unmatched in it's abilities. Now there are alternative choices to the hypervisor used on a workstation. Oracle's VirtualBox and Microsoft's Hyper-V are now available for desktop Windows. We'll focus on Hyper-V and save VirtualBox for a future post. Since the hardware needs VT enabled in the BIOS, only one hypervisor can be used. VMware Workstation is full-featured and the Snapshot Manager beats both Oracle and Microsoft's abilities. However, Hyper-V is free with Windows 8, VMware Workstation is around $180. VMware offers the VM Player for free but with limited features.