Hi everyone, I'm looking at purchasing a Mac so that I can do research and eventual deployment for Windows applications and technologies via VMWare when VMWare Fusion becomes available for purchase, while having it double as my daily usage computer that I use for general tasks and Mac administration (e.g. ARD for the domain and building/updating Mac images for deployment). My current VMWare development environment consists of the following VMs, with all of them running Windows Server 2003 Standard, and all run simultaneously: * Domain Controller running DHCP, DNS, and Active Directory, * Exchange 2003 (soon to be Exchange 2007), * SQL Server 2005, * 2 Office SharePoint Server 2007 servers, * 3 ISA Server Enterprise servers, and * 2 XP Pro session. Here's the Mac I had in mind to handle this, as I have a budget of $3,000 to spend: mac pro: * 2 x 2.0 GHz, * 10 GB memory (1 GB + 1 GB displaced from another Mac Pro + 8 GB kit purchased elsewhere), * 250 GB SATA-2 drive for VM environment, * 150 GB WD Raptor for boot drive, and * All other options are either minimum available and/or not included (e.g. AirPort Extreme). I'm putting more money into the memory since the VM's performance seems to be more RAM than CPU when you reach a certain CPU speed. It seems that the Mac Pro would be the most logical choice for this, but I'm curious if a C2D iMac could handle a load like this too, as the P4 H/T PC I have is doing the job (albeit barely). What's your thoughts? Thanks!