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Virtual machines are a fantastic way to access different operating systems such as Windows, Linux or macOS without having to buy another computer. Which is better: VirtualBox or VMWare?
VirtualBox and VMWare, both also called hypervisors, are virtualization options that allow you to run a machine. These virtualization solutions allow you to run a complete virtual computer on another machine, with an operating system of your choosing.
It’s a foolish thing to want that?
If you are a desktop user and you prefer Windows but also want to use another operating system, you can use this example Linux, You can use it with macOS or iOS, as well as Android and Android. But you may not have the right computers to do all these things. This is where you will use desktop virtualization.
If older programs don’t seem to work with the newer Windows 11 systems, it is possible to run a previous Windows 11 version in a VM.
Server virtualization can save a company money on both hardware and operating costs. You can have just a handful of physical computers, but many servers and workstations hosting on them.
Hypervisors do more than allow you to use a virtual machine inside of a physical one. Each type of hypervisor has its own requirements, so it’s important to understand how they work. There are two kinds of hypervisors.
Type 1 hypervisors can also be called “bare-metal” hypervisors. This means that they do not need to run within a regular operating environment like Windows Hyper-V In Windows. They act as the operating system. They don’t have all of the functionality that a standard operating systems has, so they can free up more resources to their guest VMs. They are ideal for medium-sized businesses and large data centers. VMWare has type 1 hypervisors, such as ESXi and VSphere.
VirtualBox, a type 2 hypervisor, is available for Windows, macOS and Linux. VMWare Fusion is available for macOS, and VMWare Workstation can be used for Windows or Linux.
We’ll be focusing this article on Type 2 hypervisors as that is what the majority of home and small-business users will use. We will also compare them in the same environment: Linux running on Microsoft Windows 11.
We’ll be comparing the following VMWare Workstation Player Oracle VirtualBox . VMWare Workstation Pro For commercial usag.
This table lists the most important features that VirtualBox offers and VMWare Player.
|Functionality||VMWare Workstation Player||VirtualBox|
|Compatibility with the Host Operating Systems||Windows, Linux and BSD are all supported (requires VMWare Fusion)||Windows, Linux, macOS, Solaris|
|Compatibility with Guest Operating Systems||Windows, Linux and macOS (requires VMWare Fusion )||Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, OS/2|
|Virtual Disk Image Formats||VMDK||VMDK. VDI. VHD|
|USB Device Support||USB 2 and USB 3.1||USB 2 and USB 3 are available with a free extension pack|
|User Interfaces: Graphical, CLI (command line interfacing) and graphical||Yes||Yes|
|3D Graphics Support||Yes||Needs to be 3D Accelerated on Guest|
|Sharing folders between guest and host||Yes||Yes|
VirtualBox can support VM snapshots. VMWare Player cannot. This is perhaps the biggest difference. You can create a snapshot with VMWare Player by finding the VM files and copying the contents to another location. You can roll back to this point by adding the snapshot as a new VM.
VirtualBox offers several options to capture a snapshot. You can do it from the VirtualBox manager or in the guest window. VirtualBox allows you to name your snapshots and organizes them chronologically. To roll back to a past time, simply select the desired snapshot and click Restore. Then, start the VM. VirtualBox wins in snapshots.
VirtualBox and VMWare can be downloaded and installed in the same way as other software. You can follow the instructions provided by each installer. When installing guest OS, there are many differences.
VirtualBox will require you to make some choices regarding resources such as memory and drive space. VMWare Player, on the other hand, compares the resources of your host system with those needed by guest OS. VMWare Player automatically allocates resources and makes it more user-friendly. You can modify the resource allocations in each hypervisor after the guest OS has been installed.
How long does it take to set up the hypervisors? Linux Ubuntu on Windows %20shows%20VMWare%20is%20about%2030%%20quicker.%20VirtualBox%20took%2025%20minutes,%20while%20VMWare%20Player%20took%2017%20minutes.
The hypervisors run on Windows Type 2 and don’t offer any significant differences in performance. PassMark PerformanceTest showed that VMWare Player had a CPU Mark (of 4935) compared to VirtualBox’s (3565) This was the largest difference. While the rest of them were very close, it felt as though VMWare was much faster. Your experience will vary depending on how your host machine performs.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the right information to help you find what you need in a hypervisor. VirtualBox and VMWare Workstation Play do nearly the same thing, with minor differences. So there isn’t a clear winner. The use cases will determine the best choice.
VMWare Workstation Play is the best choice if you need to quickly get a virtual machine up and running. You’re part of that group if you have to run apps on a different OS, or you are evaluating various operating systems.
VirtualBox allows you to learn the intricacies of hypervisor management and how it interacts with its guests. VirtualBox makes it easy to create snapshots and restore them. VirtualBox also offers the ability to create snapshots and restore them VirtualBox allows you to install macOS You will need to be able to give direction. VirtualBox might be a good choice for anyone learning DevOps and system administrators or security professionals who are testing various OSes.
Do you have one you prefer? Are you a pro at sharing tips and tricks? We would love to hear from you in the comments.