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I recently got a new laptop. It has a 750 GB hard drive, 12 GB of RAM, and a 3 GB video card. I have Windows 7 64 installed right now but I have a license for Windows Server 2008R2. I want to use virtual machines for my development environment, running Office, and just about everything else. What is the best way to host virtual machines? Should I buy VMWare or something else?

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You could certainly buy VMware. VMware does have a couple free versions (Player and Server) as well. Or you can use VirtualBox, which is pretty good too, and is totally free for personal use -- this would be my pick.

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Second the Virtualbox suggestion – Bless Yahu Feb 23 '12 at 4:37
    
Thanks for the Virtualbox suggestion. I started using it recently and it is awesome. – Tarzan Jul 31 '12 at 15:38
    
Virtualbox randomly reboots and there doesn't seem to be a solution – Christian Aug 1 '12 at 10:26

I found what I was looking for: Installing a Fresh Windows OS to a New Bootable VHD with no Host OS for Boot to VHD http://johnpapa.net/bootoffmetal

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