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I've used VMWare Player (now Player Plus) and VirtualBox. Both are good, unfortunately it's not so easy to change from one to another (I've tried this week).
With a PC with 16 GB Ram as minimum you can have several VMs running without problem.


You've brought up a point which I don't know the answer to, and that's how much RAM the host PC should have, in order to handle VM's. Here at work I've got a PC with 16GB if RAM, just like you said you have. But at home, well not so much. What do you (and others) think is a minimum amount of RAM to make hosting a VM or two viable?


I have 8Gb Ram, and can use 3 VM at the time, one xp, one 7 pro, one server 2008
I setup each one with 2Gb of Ram,
Generally is rare that I use more than 2 VM at the time, but when I do my RAM is close to aneurism
I gonna update to 16Gb to be fresh



Thank you for this feedback!

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If logging into a client or employer managed VM using VPN and Remote Desktop is an option, then that's nice.


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I run Windows VMs in VMware Player on Linux. Best of both worlds for a cross platform developer/admin.
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Have played with Virtual Box and recently I managed to get a DC, + 2 SQL 2008 R2 cluster nodes all running Win2008R2, but I only have 8GB on my T420s and it was really slow and the DC failed periodically. I think my T420s will take 16GB RAM but not seen this for sale anywhere yet.

At the moment I have a HP Proliant Microserver N54L and I have 16GB RAM, x2 WD 1TB drives and currently I have installed VMWare ESXi 5.5 and looking to try same as above (DC+2nodeSQL cluster). Am having a few issues with the storage and I am following TinkerTry: http://www.tinkertry.com/installvsphere55/

Once I have that done I will try the same with hyper-v.

Then start all over again with SQL 2012. :-D

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quackhandle1975 (3/22/2014)
Have played with Virtual Box and recently I managed to get a DC, + 2 SQL 2008 R2 cluster nodes all running Win2008R2, but I only have 8GB on my T420s and it was really slow and the DC failed periodically. I think my T420s will take 16GB RAM but not seen this for sale anywhere yet.


Assuming you mean a Lenovo Thinkpad T420, you could try any of these DDR3 8GB PC-10600 1.35v SODIMM modules - NO GUARANTEE whatsoever, but g.Skill, Crucial and Corsair have all done very well for me.

Make sure to update your BIOS first!
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Nadrek (3/24/2014)

Assuming you mean a Lenovo Thinkpad T420, you could try any of these DDR3 8GB PC-10600 1.35v SODIMM modules - NO GUARANTEE whatsoever, but g.Skill, Crucial and Corsair have all done very well for me.

Make sure to update your BIOS first!


Thanks for the tip, I do mean the T420s
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/t420s/

Like the 420 but slimmer and lighter.

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I have a T430, 16GB, and it works well for me. Have 2-3 VMs working at a time.

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I have a T430, 16GB, and it works well for me. Have 2-3 VMs working at a time.


Can I ask you what memory make/type you have in your T430?

Cheers

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quackhandle1975 (3/27/2014)
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I have a T430, 16GB, and it works well for me. Have 2-3 VMs working at a time.


Can I ask you what memory make/type you have in your T430?

Cheers

qh


That's a good question. I want to say I got one 8GB stick from Lenovo when I bought it and then got another from Crucial? I usually buy from them. It's possible I just got it from Lenovo

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Crucial have a compatibility tool that will list modules with guaranteed compatibility - from that it looks like the T420s only supports 8GB total as 2x4GB

DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-14900

Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 PC3-14900, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 8GB
Slots: 2

I would double check with Lenovo though




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