VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation || Features and Review

VMware Workstation, also known as Workstation Pro, is the premium version of the free Workstation Player virtualization software. It is a hypervisor software that runs on 64-bit computers and supports Windows and Linux operating systems.

VMware Workstation gives users the ability to create and use virtual machines on their physical machine, i.e. computer or server.

You can run the software’s virtual machines concurrently with the main machine, and each virtual machine can run on a separate operating system.

VMware Workstation
VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation 16 Pro features

  • Comes integrated with Microsoft Credential Guard and Microsoft Device Guard for Windows 10 guests
  • Latest NVME device for faster and easier disk access on the SSD storage
  • UEFI Secure Boot, which is particularly required for VBS and ESXi 6.7 Virtual Guest support, is also available
  • Ability to create large VMs (16CPU, 64GB RAM, 3 GB VRAM)
  • 3D Graphics with DX10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 support
  • 4K support
  • Run multiply VMs simultaneously
  • VM clone
  • USB 3.0 devices support
  • Snapshots
  • Command-line support
  • Files sharing
  • Connect to vSphere/ESXi Server
  • UEFI Boot Support
  • New Virtual Trusted Platform Module which User can use for managing keys for guest encryption like BitLocker
  • Full support for AMD Ryzen and Intel Kabylake CPUs

VMware Workstation Pros and cons

PROS:

  • Well-established and a well-known enterprise-grade virtualization system
  • Commercial licenses are available
  • Well-established third-party distribution and development
  • A full spectrum of VM products
  • Polished interface

CONS:

  • Closed source and you cannot find an online solution for features and bug fixes unless the developers do it from their end
  • A bit expensive
  • Free versions of VMWare Workstation comes with limited options
  • User ability to use the product on third party requests is restricted

How to Create a Virtual Machine in VMware Workstation Pro

Supported Host Operating Systems

  • Ubuntu 16.04.3, 17.10, 18.04 and 19.04
  • CentOS 7.5
  • CentOS 7.4
  • Debian 9.0, 9.1 and 9.4
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012 R2 and 2016
  • Windows 10
  • Windows8.1-Update3
  • Windows 7
  • Oracle Linux 7.3
  • Fedora 27, 28 and 30
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9, 7.4, 7.5, and 8.0
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server/Desktop 12 SP3
  • openSUSE 42.3
  • openSUSE 15.0
  • ESXi 6.7 Update 2

VMware Workstation 16 is built on the latest vSphere Virtual Hardware Platform, enabling users to stay organized with customized network renaming. In the latest VMware Workstation version, the developers have added support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, also known as Redstone 3, aside from adding support for Ubuntu 19.04 and Fedora 30. However, the personal digital assistant and the new Edge web browser’s linking capabilities work well with this new product. So, the user can directly launch VMware Workstation right from Windows 10, with the help of Cortana. The Workstation Virtual Machines Wizard helps the user to install Windows 10 in very few steps from a disc.2

Create Robust Virtual Machines

The integrated novel technologies allow the VMware Workstation 16 to maximize the computer’s resources to run today’s most demanding apps in a virtual environment. In fact, the ability to allocate multiple processor cores, individual graphics memory for each VM, and intelligent partition of main memory (GB’s) let the user work wonders on their desktop. Therefore, the user will create a Software-Defined Data Center or even run virtual ESXi hosts and vSphere appliances hassle-free.3

Advanced Graphics

VMware has improved graphics speed up to 36 per cent faster, making it possible for the users to visualize data in a whole new dimension. They have solved previous versions’ video memory problem, which caused some hindrance while using the graphics-intensive program, such as AutoCAD, Solidworks or Photoshop. The inclusion of new sets of API’s has helped the workstation handle heavy graphical workloads. Also, the added support for DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 have boosted the working of 3D applications.

Virtual Network

The Workstation provides immense opportunity for its users to create more complex network topologies. In addition to the improved IPv6 support, the workstation offers IPv6-to-IPv4 Network Address Translation, making it possible for the users to build their own virtual network. Moreover, creating custom virtual networking configurations, adding up or removing IPv6 or IPv4 networks, is made easy by the virtual network editor. So, this creates an ambient virtual environment to test the developer’s application without changing the PCs network configuration.5

vSphere and vCloud Air

Do you wish to extend and scale your virtual machines in the cloud? The Workstation 16 Pro allows the users to do so with the VMware vSphere and vCloud Air service. Still, this allows the tech geeks to take advantage of the resources beyond a single PC’s power and enjoy maximum flexibility as they can work with local and server-hosted virtual machines, side by side. The Workstation interface offers a hassle-free connection with the vCloud Air, and the user can upload, run, as well as view virtual machines at any instance.6

User Interface and Ease of Use

The powerful UI of Workstation lets the techs have full control over the setup. The user can also select how to interact with the virtual machine, even you are running it in a cloud or on your PC. The UI is made more interesting by the virtual machine library that lets users search and quickly view or access the VM. This indeed serves as a time-saving factor.

The easy integration with other VMware products and efficient features have made the Workstation easy to handle. For example, the setup and settings are automatic and can be done in very few steps. The creation of complex virtual networks is much easy and hassle-free.7

The Latest Hardware

Workstation virtual tablets sensors combine with the latest Intel-based tablets and let the virtual machines’ applications respond to the device’s movements. Therefore, Broadwell and Haswell’s microarchitecture ensures maximum performance and lets even the resource-intense programs work smoothly.

It is also optimized to support high resolution 4K UHD and QHD+, which enables the user to have a clear and detailed view. The workstation can also support multiple monitors on the host with different DPIs.

VMware Tools

VM_ware Tools is a set of tools – drivers and software used to manage the guest operating systems on the VMware virtual machines.

VM_ware Workstation for 32 bit PCs

Most VMware workstation software versions do not support 32 bit systems but VMware Workstation 9.0 does.

VMware Workstation for Mac

The workstation does not support the Mac OS, but VMware offers another visualization software called VMware Fusion which works like Workstation for Mac.

Conclusion

Vmware Workstation Player is a powerful virtualization solution that will enable you to host VMware virtual machines on the computer. Besides, it is packed with all the essential tools to give a great user experience and help them work in a virtual environment without any investment. The VMware Workstation Pro is a feature-rich licensed for commercial use virtualization tool that is handy for professionals to improve their productivity to a great extent. When compared with the capabilities offered by the Workstation, it is worth paying. Even though VMware Player is not a fully-featured application like Workstation Pro, it provides all the essential tools to meet almost all users’ needs who do not wish to invest more in a virtualization app.

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