VMware vSphere Review

Reliable vitrualization software for implementing virtual servers

VMWare server is freeware server and provides very good environment for testing. It is used to be one of the good product, but now it has come to EOL.


1. VMWare server is cost saving virtualization product that allows us to partition a single physical server into multiple virtual machines. 

2. VMWare server works with Windows, Solaris, Linux and Netware, any or all of which can be used concurrently on the same hardware. 

3. VMWare server takes virtualization higher and deeper with rich storage automation and more advanced virtual networking tools 

4. VMWare server allows dynamically to modify cpu, memory, disk and network configurations. 

5. VMWare server provides web management console for easier management. 

6. VMWare server is normally implemented in staging environment before implementing in production environment. 

7. VMWare supports advanced features like two processor SMP systems, state capture, live migration, high availability, dynamic resources etc.


1. The support and updates for VMWare server are no longer available. You need to rely on google. 

2. VMWare server does not fully control the scheduling of hardware resources because the complete control falls into the underlying operating system. 

3. OS needs to be installed separately before installing VMware. 

4. GUI is not much attactive & not of much high quality.

Alternate Vendor:- Oracle Virtual Box !!

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarHenry (Tata Consultancy Services)
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author avatarit_user1068 (Tech Support Staff at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

VMware Server is popular for several reasons:

It supports various platforms that can run on the same server machine. This means that users running machines on different operating systems can easily access server spaces without having compatibility issues.

It is free and thus cost-effective. This makes VMware perfect for small businesses or those with financial problems, hence looking for cheaper server virtualization alternatives.

It provides various features such as tools for networking in the virtual world and large storage solutions that work automatically.

The fact that the pros of VMware surpass its cons is the reason it is very popular in the business world. Great and comprehensive comparison of advantages and disadvantages of VMware Server. Thanks Kapilmalik1983 for the informative information on this excellent virtualization product.

author avatarit_user4401 (Developer at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees)

I would like to add other pros that VMware Server has:
1. VMware Server has a simple installation, it installs like a standard application
2. VMware has Virtual state capture, it captures the virtual machine's state so if a problem arises, the user can roll back to a previous state
3. It's easy to migrate to other VMware products
4. VMware works on every version of Windows and many Linux distributions
From my point of view, the biggest con is that the support is no longer available, as you already said.

author avatarit_user2652 (Project Manager at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees)
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Yes Alin, only noticable con is that support and upgrades are not available. Rest cons are not so important.

author avatarit_user312567 (Senior Specialist at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees)

Kindly give a good looking GUI for VMware products