I've converted a Windows XP Virtual Box image to vmware by installing the VMWare Converter software (http://www.vmware.com/download/converter/
) to export to VMDKs (I found this to be easier than messing about with Windows IDE drivers, although it took 2 hours...).
I've found build times for a series of Visual Studio 8.0 projects to be about 37% faster under VMWare Server (1.0.6). I believe that this could be in part due to the fact that the converter exports to SCSI disks and my VB image uses IDE, but I don't see where 37% comes from - build time is reduced from 3.5 hours to just over 2 hours, so this is a *big* difference.
I don't think Virtual Box can be complete sh*t, since interactively it does *seem* to be faster, and indeed, when I tried running two guests simultaneously Virtual Box wins hands-down. On the same hardware VMWare Server was virtually unusable like this.
So I'm looking for suggestions about how to speed the V.B. system up, or why there should be such a difference. In both cases I'm using expanding disks, with the build happening on a slave disk. I've verified on a second machine and came up with similar results. It does seem like build times suck under Virtual Box
thanks for any help.