Posted by: Anonymous
on October 31, 2008 04:30 PM
The web based interface is available in VS1 as well. In VS1 VMware Server Console is used to install and deploy VM's while the web based interface only allows administration of already installed VM's. It looks like VSC has been deprecated and all management is now through the browser. It makes sense to use a common application for administering but I sure like VSC and will miss it.
I'm not sure what is meant by "Despite being billed as an entry-level server virtualization software, VMware Server 2's server capabilities are limited to remote access with a Web-based interface." If it can do everything VS1 does then it can be used to remotely deploy and install VM's and perform all admin tasks.
Looking at the documentation I am impressed. I wonder how the documentation compares to Xen, KVM or OpenVZ. I'm still using the proprietary VMware because documentation is so much better making deployment much easier. If you want to try out different OS's without doing a full install then use VirtualBox. If you want to remotely deploy virtual machines without software costs using available hardware then VMware Server is certainly a good option.