Virtual PC vs Virtual Server


One common question that arises is how do I choose between these 2 products


Here is a quick table that compares both the products.








































































Feature


Virtual Server


Virtual PC


Need to run one or two VMs


Can use*


Good to use


More than two VM's simultaneously


Good to use


Can use*


More than 4 VM's


Should use


Maybe not


Drag and Drop


Not present


Works Good


Clipboard Integration


Not present


Works Good


Shared Folder between host and guest


Not present


Good to share files


Shared Networking between guest and host


Not present, can be configured through ICS.


Present and works well.


Ease of use


Not easy enough, VMRC Plus is a good option


Very easy and simple


Single VM mode


Not present


Present


Networking between VM's


Present


Present


Remote Administrations


Present


Not present


COM API's


Present, can configure everything


Not present


Remote viewing of VM's


Present (VMRC  client)


Not present, can be configured through mstsc


SCSI Support for the guest


Present, recommended if present on host


Not present


Support for DHCP for guest on Internal Network


Present


Not Present


Resource Allocation for Virtual Machines


Present and very fine grained


Present, but only very minimal options.


* Evaluate other criteria's


The important thing the note is that VHD and VMC are compatible across Virtual Server and Virtual PC. So if you try one out and are not satisfied you can always move to the other one.


 The table is a quick reference that I use, it is not intended to be complete. For technical completeness refer the official documentation from microsoft.com.

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