Virtual Box vs Vmware Player

Discussion in 'Virtualization' started by Dromadus, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Dromadus

    Dromadus MDL Novice

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    hello,

    I would like to ask what better to use Virtual Box or Vmware Player ?
    I would like to use this in home to test for example how new insider Windows 10 works.

    Regards
     
  2. LostED

    LostED MDL MIRROR Hardlink

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    Virtual Box



    Virtual Box or Vmware Workstation Pro ?
    Vmware Workstation Pro
     
  3. Dromadus

    Dromadus MDL Novice

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    I tought Vmware player free, because Vmware Workstation Pro is expensive.
     
  4. Ocygord

    Ocygord MDL Member

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    VirtualBox is your best bet if you want it to be free.
    But nothing actually beats Vmware Workstation Pro on Windows. Expensive or not.
     
  5. JoseRichardson

    JoseRichardson MDL Novice

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    Vmware Workstation Pro has more features, but is practically bloated. But if you need something lighter just to emulate an OS, VirtualBox is light and bloatware free.
     
  6. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    All mentioned software doesn't emulate an OS, they do virtualize hardware. That's a very important difference. Example for an OS emulator is DOSBox.
     
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  7. trungpt

    trungpt MDL Addicted

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    I prefer VMware because of the performance.
     
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  8. KNARZ

    KNARZ MDL Addicted

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    I used VMWW for years but now switched to Virtual Box.
    There was nothing wrong with VMware, but I don't see the point using Workstation for day by day use.
    I don't miss any features in VB. Vmware has the way better interface but overall I'm pretty satisfied with the switch.
     
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  9. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    I love to use VMWare because i can easily use VM bios files with slic for 7 and server 2016 standard :)
     
  10. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Well, same thing is applicable for VirtualBox too.

    ;)
     
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  11. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    VirtualBox, since version 1.56. You can officially supply custom SLICs. And it's not only free, large parts are actually Open Source. Forks do exist, like MEMU for using Android OS on Windows.
     
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  12. wagner reatto

    wagner reatto MDL Novice

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    virtual box!!!
     
  13. markokk888

    markokk888 MDL Member

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    Virtual Box

    But some antivirus software like comodo doesn't support it and completely disable virtual box for security reasons.. and recommends VMW. It's very strange trough..
     
  14. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    #15 sebus, Dec 25, 2017
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    Been using VMW for years, but switched to VB, as overall it feels faster (both as application on host OS & guests inside VM)
    And it is free, and I can easily change hard disk serial number inside the .vbox config
     
  15. Simple07

    Simple07 MDL Senior Member

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    #16 Simple07, Dec 26, 2017
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    Wasted time trying to get an endoscpe USB camera working on VirtualBox. At the end, I sorted it using the passthrough functionality in VBox guest (basically un-click it from Devices -> USB then click it in Devices -> Webcams). However, it worked flawlessly, first time, on all Windows on VMware Workstation PRO 14.1..

    On the other hand, on some computers with non HID TouchPads, I can do 2 finger scrolling on VirtualBox but not on VMware Workstation.
     
  16. daljeet singh

    daljeet singh MDL Novice

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    First of all, Virtualbox is product and Vmware is a company. Virtualbox has come from software giant Oracle and Vmware has many products they are more popular in business. Virtualbox is free and Vmware is paid (pro version) Vmware is more polished product like we see any paid product as. Virtualbox is my first choice because of its cost and features. I installed Vmware trail and I grab some key's from one website. I don't know the key is legitimate or not but they work fine.Vmware is performance is better than Oracle Virtualbox
     
  17. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    If you didn't pay for it, then they aren't legit, of course!
     
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  18. Threat

    Threat Lord of the Files

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    I'm gonna say it: virtualbox is buggy as hell. give me VMware Player any day.
     
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  19. Daz

    Daz MDL Developer / Admin
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    VMware Player gets my vote. It's free, fast and stable. I also prefer it over the bloated workstation version.

    I do use VirtualBox every now and then, but I've always found it to be slower and buggy. I'll often have issues with USB devices and file transfers.
     
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