VMware Player Overview

What is VMware Player?

VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

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Aimee White
Info Sec Consultant at Size 41 Digital
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ExpertTop 5
Dec 17, 2016
It's enabled us to fire up speedy sandboxes to test software or malware in a closed environment.
Engineer with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 4, 2013
Awesome little program for running VMs on a desktop.
Awesome little program for running VMs on a desktop. Very easy to use and very powerful. Used correctly, it can really increase productivity!
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Senior Site Infrastructure Engineer at Kurungsiku
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Aug 7, 2012
Free virtualization on your Windows and Linux desktop

What other advice do I have?

Simple free virtualization solution that you can depend on. A lot of virtual appliance on VMware virtual appliance marketplace.
Tech Support Staff at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 20, 2012
Stable and free virtualization tool with support for running multiple operating system platforms

What other advice do I have?

VMware player is a very good alternative for those who want a stable and free virtualization platform that can be easily run in various Operating System platforms like Windows, Linux, Macintosh etc. Folder sharing between guest and host can be easily configured in VMware. Though creating a new virtual operating system is not allowed in VMware Player and you will have to upgrade to the commercial virtualization tool, known as VMWare WorkStation.
Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager at SnapLogic
Real User
Jul 17, 2012
I've significantly improved my desktop processing productivity

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By using a VMware player, I've significantly improved my desktop processing productivity. By having multiple VMs running in the background for testing software, running scripts, or doing other CPU intensive tasks, I can get a lot more accomplished without interfering with my programs running in the forefront on a PC or another VM.

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The initial setup is quite easy, but can be daunting to someone unfamiliar with desktop computing environments.
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