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Windows Virtual Machine Vs Linux Virtual Machine

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Welcome back, Techies! We all know how imperative a virtual machine is to a website. There is a galore of options to choose from. But the 20-20 trend demands us to hold a comparative analysis between Windows VM and Linux VM. Moving ahead with the comparison, let's first understand what do these terms mean.

What is a Windows Virtual Machine?

It is a virtual machine which has Windows as it's OS backing it. In other words, a windows virtual machine is the portion of a complete server which is accessible to you in terms of its resources while you do not need to pay fully for the system like a dedicated server.

Virtual Machine Types

What is a Linux Virtual Machine?

Similar to the Virtual Machine we defined above, a Linux Virtual machine is a kind of private server which uses Linux as it's an open-source operating system based on UNIX.

The comparative Study:-

Operating System/
Categories of Comparison
1. PERFORMANCE Contrary to Linux Virtual Machine, it needs a reboot post every single update. This happens as it employs GUI which is an abbreviated version of Graphic User Interface. Generally, it is not a resource-demanding operating system but it can be the same if no proper optimization is done. It uses fewer resources and doesn't need rebooting on a repetitive pattern when it is heavily loaded. It has a custom-tailored design to be put to use alongside SSH. Also, in this, the command line is used to deal with virtual machine management.
2. SECURITY It is considered less secure as compared to Linux servers. However, much of its security depends on the kind of set up done. As mentioned it is more secure and safe in comparison to windows virtual machine as it is accessible only to the administration. They have exclusive rights over its editing and safety.
3. COMPATIBILITY As the name suggests, it works well for Windows applications. For instance, ASP Classic, MS Access etc. As Linux is open-source software, so it functions well with similar software. For instance, PHP/Perl, FrontPage Extensions etc.
4. SERVER ACCESS It has FTP access but not SSH access. It has FTP access as well as SSH and telnet.
5. CONTROL PANEL The operator-friendly Plesk is employed on Windows Virtual Machine. cPanel and Web Host Manager are native to it.
6. SUPPORT It has strong backing from the IT unit comprised of Microsoft. It has an open-source backing but it is subject to frequent glitches of reliability.
7. EASE OF USE It is easy to use as it employs a Graphical User Interface. It is easily employable too as it uses excellent hosting management tools. For instance, cPanel which is helpful also to SSH users.
8. COST Windows being a proprietary ownership operating system demands the payment of a licensing fee. This feel is not exclusive rather it is inclusive to Virtual Machine cost. This is comparatively cheaper than Windows as it is an open-source system.


As the current trends reveal, Linux Operating System has been the most used and hence the most feasible operating system to back a virtual machine. It's flexibility, cost benefits etc. have made it float well in the market alongside its counterpart called Windows.

Graphical Representation of users using Windows Virtual Machine and Linux Virtual Machine:-

Here's the pictorial representation of the same.

Operating Environment Share Graphical Representation

In a nutshell, both of these have their pros and cons. To select the best, the aforementioned comparative analysis shall help you. What suits one company may not go for another virtual machine operator. So, choose your best OS wisely.

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