VMware released version 1.0 of Server on July 12, 2006. Server is a continuation of the retired GSX Server product line.
VMware Server can create, edit, and play virtual machines.
It uses a client-server model, allowing remote access to virtual machines, at the cost of some graphical performance (and 3D support).
In addition to the ability to run virtual machines created by other VMware products, it can also run virtual machines created by Microsoft Virtual PC.
VMware, Inc. makes Server freely available in the hope that users will eventually upgrade to VMware ESX Server.
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