VMware Workstation Review

I have found this product excellent for quick test/dev environments.

What is our primary use case?

This product is solid and useful for quick test/dev environments. 

Found replicating client application upgrades and compatibility tests within a virtual environment makes upgrades very successful. 

We also use it for custom application testing to ensure compatibility and smooth transitions.  


How has it helped my organization?

Since I work with so many different customers, I deal with many operating systems and workstation configurations. When performing upgrades to servers, applications, windows, etc., I need to know the ramifications before we go live with production.  

Creating labs has been useful for my employees when working on certifications.

I am also not a big fan of adding and removing software over and over on my laptop, so I use my VM's when I need a temporary application installed. It also keeps the clutter down, keeping my main tools fast and efficient.  

They also come in handy when cleaning infected thumb drives.

What is most valuable?

I have found this product excellent for test/dev environments. This is 90% of what I use this product for. 

What needs improvement?

I have had issues with the virtual network adapters in the past that has taken some time to troubleshoot. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have encountered stability issues with the virtual networks and have had run into issue with copying or moving VMs. Usually these all work great 9 out of 10 times, but when it doesn't work right it become very time consuming to fix and troubleshoot.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

None thus far.

How are customer service and technical support?

8 out of 10. Good SR system to communicate through emails and phone support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?


How was the initial setup?

Setup is very easy.

What was our ROI?

Using workstation saves money on big hardware using vSphere just for test/dev.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is a bit steep in my opinion for testing and there are other options.  None however that are so powerful and easy to use.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?


**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarChris Childerhose
ExpertTop 5Real User

Nice review. Always good to see the Workstation side for VMware.

author avatarit_user325122 (Networks Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees)

VMware workstation is best tool for virtualization for students/home users. I have been using this tool for more than three years for my test/dev environments. If you are new to virtualization then i'll sugguest you should use this one. It's simple and easy to use,