Which machine?

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  1. wailoon.ho macrumors newbie

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    1. MacBook Pro Retina 13" 2.4GHz Dual Core i5, 16GB Memory - USD1500.96
    2. MacBook Pro Retina 15" 2.0GHz Quad Core i7, 8GB Memory - USD1990.27

    I need to install Windows Server 2013 in VMware in the machine for .NET development.

    Which machine should I get??
     
  2. tooshaggy macrumors regular

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    I just went from a 13 to a 15. I recommend the 15. I however have 2.8 GHz intel core i7 with 16GB and the 750 gig SSD. :)

    Very sweet machine.
     
  3. wailoon.ho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the problem is, the 15" i can afford is 8GB.
    Will this enough to run Windows Server 2013 and do .NET development on it??
     
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    It will run but you're not going to like the results. You really need 16gb if doing heavy Windows tasks.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Nope, you need at least 16GB of RAM for that, unless you intend to use Boot Camp for Windows instead.
     
  6. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Really ?? All our developers have machines with 8gb ram.
     
  7. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If he was intending to run Windows Server as a VM, he'd need 16GB of RAM (8GB for the Windows side and 8GB remaining for OS X).

    If he was using Boot Camp instead, then he could just buy 8GB of RAM with the rMBP.

    I have Windows Server running as a VM as well, and having 4GB assigned to it is hell. I ended up assigning 8GB to it as well (out of 16GB on my rMBPs).
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I think if you're not going to run anything else while the VM is up and running, its doable, though I think the performance may be a tad slower then if had 16GB.

    I think the 15" is what you need the smaller display will be too constraining.

    If you're going be spending most of your time in windows, don't run it in a VM but bootcamp. This may be a situation where a dedicated windows machine may be better if you're going to be running windows for the most part.
     
  9. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Fair enough. We do not use VM, we just run it natively.
     
  10. MrGimper macrumors 601

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    I have an i7 Air as per my sig and I run win 8.1 in a vm with 4GB RAM and 2 cores for .Net development with Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate. Never had a problem at all.

    If you don't install too many unneeded roles/features on server 2012 (I assume you mean 2012 and not 2013 :)), then I can't see why it would be any different.

    If you don't need server, just use a client OS.
     

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