Buy workstation?

jamesleecolemanjamesleecoleman Member Posts: 1,899 ■■■■■□□□□□
I had VMWare workstation because I was a student and I liked it so much, plus I got to use it for free.

Do you all think it would be worth paying for VMWare workstation for a home user for labbing? The only thing that I can think of for a plus is the snapshots that is used.
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  • TWXTWX Member Posts: 275 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I use VirtualBox. Can have multiple VMs running simultaneously, and can use the host's IP address and a specified port to RDP into the VM without even having to have networking functioning on the virtual machine.

    VirtualBox is free. Downside is that it's Oracle now, but get it while you still can.
  • TWXTWX Member Posts: 275 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I suppose I should add, it's possible to run virtualbox VMs headless. This is normally how I do it.
  • OctalDumpOctalDump Member Posts: 1,722
    I had VMWare workstation because I was a student and I liked it so much, plus I got to use it for free.

    Do you all think it would be worth paying for VMWare workstation for a home user for labbing? The only thing that I can think of for a plus is the snapshots that is used.

    Two other nice things about VMware Workstation are the ability to manipulate "virtual switches" for reasonably sophisticated networking, and the ability to connect to VMware Vsphere (or even "free" ESXi) hosted VMs.
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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    TWX wrote: »
    I suppose I should add, it's possible to run virtualbox VMs headless. This is normally how I do it.

    I do the same, using Vagrant. Which is how I do most of my labbing now -- create one Vagrant file and have a full lab with 5 different nodes up, running, and preconfigured in 5 minutes. Then able to tear it all down with a single command from the CLI when I want to.
    Pretty sweet.
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