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Survey result: SharePoint Developers’ Environment Virtualization

In a previous post SharePoint Developers’ Environment Virtualization I had conducted a quick survey about SharePoint development environment virtualization to get some insights about it, here the survey results.

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1. What is your virtualization product

VMWare wins with 48.5%

then

Hyper-V and Virtual PC comes second with 18.2%

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2. You use dedicated or shared environment with team?

84.8% of developers use dedicated environment for their development

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3. What is the main architecture of your development environment?

Almost 32 bit and 64 bit shares the development environment with 51.5% to 48.5%

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4. What is your host Operating System?

Windows Server 2008 R2 wins as host OS with 21.2%

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5. What is typically your Guest Operating System?

For guest OS Windows Server 2003 and 2008 share the first place with 24.2% then in second place comes Windows Server 2008 R2

however you can notice the about 30% of Guest OS is desktop Windows (XP, Vista and 7).

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Here is my notices

  • VMWare wins a virtualization software
  • Around 50% uses 64 bit environment
  • Around 30% uses desktop Windows as guest OS.

I see these 3 points are natural result of Microsoft lacking a virtualization software supports 64 bit on their desktop Windows, so developers moved to VMWare to develop on 64 bit environment!!!

I would to hear your comments and notices about the survey results.

Thanks to SurveyMonkey.com for hosting my survey.

SharePoint Developers’ Environment Virtualization

Continuing our talk about virtualization, I am conducting a survey about the nature of a SharePoint developer virtual environment.

I present the survey results on a later post, discussing the different forms of virtualization application I have seen and how they can help.

Click Here to take survey, it will take less than a minute

Copying (Cloning) Hyper-V virtual machine has snapshots

As a SharePoint developer, always I need to manage a lot of virtual machines for my development and demo environments. One of the common tasks on the virtual machines is to clone a VM to be used on a demo or to be sent to a customer.

When I tried to copy Hyper-V virtual machine (has multiple snapshots) through copying the VHD file to my external hard disk; I got the original machine (before any snapshot). It didn’t work until I deleted all the snapshots and merged the changes back to the original VHD.

Recently I figured out the Export/Import feature in Hyper-V, it enables you to clone(copy) virtual machine with its snapshot tree.

Related Links:

The Capabilities and Restrictions of Virtual Machine Migration

Hyper-V: How to clone a Virtual machine (VM)

A tool to move an Hyper-V Virtual Machine without exporting it

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog : Hyper-V - Export & Import (Part 1)

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog : Hyper-V - Export & Import (Part 2)