VMWare on Vista Lameness

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Am I the only one majorly annoyed by VMWare’s support policy (or lack there-of) for VMWare on a Vista host? Apparently EMC’s stance is that in order to run VMWare on a Vista host, we need to wait for VMWare 6.0. This presents several problems: VMWare 6.0 is only in it’s first beta. VMWare major release cycles are not typically short. They’re usually a least a couple betas and one or two release candidates. That means we’ll be waiting a while. VMWare betas contain instrumentation that slow down their performance. New VMWare versions come with updated VMWare Tools that aren’t generally backward compatible with older versions. That makes interoperability with users of pre-6.x versions problematic. Major VMWare upgrades usually cost. VMWare 6.0 beta is…well…beta. I’ve been a big fan of VMWare for a long time. It’s a much more capable virtualization product than Virtual PC. I’d much rather use VMWare, even if it costs money and VPC is free. But they’re not giving me a lot of outs here. What’s frustrating about the situation is that VMWare 5.5.3 almost works on a Vista host. The first time I start a VM after booting the host, my machine essentially locks up for 3-5 minutes while VMWare sucks up every resource the system has. But eventually it comes back to life and the VM works fine. And any VMs started after that work fine too – until I reboot my machine. Weird…but it seems like a problem that should be addressable in a 5.5.4 release (not that I know diddly about writing a virtualization product ;). I’m not asking for Vista guests, glass in a VM, or even UAC compatibility. Just the basics – don’t lock up my machine when I run a VM. I look forward to the super-cool features of VMWare 6.0 – I just can’t be without a reliable virtualization product until then.

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