Quote: Originally Posted by 12eason
Meh, could do more or less the same thing with virtualbox in seamless mode with rocketdock on the guest, and I wouldn't be limited to XP.
eta; why can't they extend the seamless functionality of xp mode to RDC, it's obviously uses the same technology. That would be way better than having a virtual machine. I could access all my server programs as if they were on my local box.
1) OF COURSE you can do (almost) the same thing with other VM software such as Virtual BOX -- like fire up a windows XP VM and run applications -- but you obviously haven't either read or understood the implications the previous posts - particularly with regard to costs, maintenance and useability.
2) With XPM you get an Integrated XP SP3 pre-built VM which is tightly integrated with the Windows 7 desktop.
3)If you use say Virtual Box you have to install a licensed copy of say XP into your VM for each of the machines in your network and you normally have to boot into the VM to start applications.
4) For a smallish business upgrading their machines (and however good VBOX might be most businesses don't use Open source software for critical missions - and I think in a commercial environment you have to pay for VBOX) your solution would - apart from the extra work of installing the Guest OS on each machine you'd have to pay an extra two licenses -- one for the VM software and another for the XP system you are installing as a guest OS.
With XPM mode you've actually got an actual XP system so no extra charge.
5) some corporate applications are NOT always run from centralised servers -even though the central data bases might be on a DB server or even on a combination of application and database servers you still need a "Front end PC application " to access these (often called the "Presentation server) which might (and probably will) only work on Windows XP.
I usually quote SAP type of applications -- since SAP has a HUGE number of customers running their applications (CRM. HR, Logistics, Portals, etc etc).
The SAPGUI to access this stuff runs mainly on Windows and still has no 64 bit support. Even VISTA support is still "experimental" so no major customer using this software is going to switch to VISTA for this.
However with XP mode it gets the users out of a nasty jam -- software will work from the desktop and the companies can relatively cheaply upgrade their hardware in stages without having to install loads of different XP guest VM machines plus worry about scores of licensing issues.