this is my first post so [waits for sympathy] hopefully it won't be too bad,
I know this is primarily a quick question-and-answer site, but I wanted to get some opinions and I think for what I'm looking for it might be just a simple answer.
I'm looking to utilize Virtualization at home, having little experience with both Virtual PC and VMware, about 5 computers that are freqently used for development work, downloading, one server, laptop, gaming, etc. I understand that Virtual PC and VMWare are still the main players (with VirtualBox?) and while I'd like to stay free and/or open-source, VMware "pro" wouldn't be out of the question if it's abilities are THAT much better. Basically I'd like VMs on all my machines for additional OSs, diff. development configs, and backup.
One thing I've never used, but have seen at work, is a dashboard-like interface that gives the user access to configure all the VMs. That is one piece of functionality that I'd love to have and I don't know if MS does anything like that.
So before I write a book on what I'd like, what do you guys think? It's the developer asking the other IT guys...don't flame me too hard =)
Thanks in advance!