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I want to create a number of virtual machine environments for testing new beta releases - Windows 7, VS2010, Windows Server 2008 and so on. My host OS is Windows XP. What is the best way of going about this?

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If you have no budget, use Virtual Box. I'm happily testing all the apps and O/S you mentioned in it on my home PC.

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Another vote for VirtualBox. Just make sure you have adequate RAM and disk space. –  Goyuix Sep 19 '09 at 13:43
    
Happy VirtualBox user here (linux host) - recommend it over any other "free" solution (including vmware server 2.x) –  jcinacio Sep 19 '09 at 13:43

depends on your budget. probably you'll end-up getting vmware server.

if you can afford running additional box - consider installing there esxi.

in both cases - the more ram, the better.

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you try centos 5.3 with xen kernel

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as the OP said, the host OS is Windows XP. Also, Xen isn't exactly the best choice for running windows guests (though not impossible - it needs specific hardware support) –  jcinacio Sep 19 '09 at 13:42

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