Follow on to my post on running ESX inside of VMWare Workstation 6.5. I’ve finally taken the plunge and spent the $100.00 (yeah these are tough times) and upgraded to VMWare Workstation 7.0. The best feature to me has been the ability to run vSphere natively within VMWare Workstation. The install takes minutes and I haven’t run into any major issues.
My biggest issue is lack of memory on my workstation. My desktop has 6GB of memory and has an older Intel Quad Core processor. My laptop is an i3 with only 4GB of memory. The new Dell 9100’s can be expanded to a whopping 24GB of RAM. That’s pretty nice and would make for a great virtualization home lab.
The only problem is that the 24GB of memory is a $660 upgrade option and Dell forces you to upgrade to Windows 7 Professional at another $130.00. That’s $790 to get the memory I’m looking for in my lab. If I had a difficult time justifying the $100 upgrade to 7.0 just guess what I’m thinking on paying $2k for my new home rig.
Well while I’m fantasying about a new desktop I’ve went ahead and ordered 2 DDR3 4GB modules for my laptop that will take me up to 8GB of RAM. I’m not too excited about it because I do very little lab work on my laptop because it’s just inconvenient.