VMware Workstation Overview

VMware Workstation is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Virtual Desktop tools. It is most often compared to VMware vSphere: VMware Workstation vs VMware vSphere

What is VMware Workstation?
VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
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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.

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  • "I have found this product excellent for test/dev environments. This is 90% of what I use this product for."
  • "I have had issues with the virtual network adapters in the past that has taken some time to troubleshoot."
Systems and Security Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
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I like the ability to drag a VM to an additional monitor and utilize VMs on separate windows.

What other advice do I have?

Use this to secure your Domain admin accounts - don't setup email, surf the web, or do anything outside of your internal network using your DA account. This product can help you immensely. Using the virtual network editor can also be a benefit to you in this regard you can setup a virtual machine using wireless on a totally different network, use the vm (I use Ubuntu) to perform web tasks like testing your web site externally or to download and scan for malware prior to letting it on your production network.
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Web Administrator at a sports company with 51-200 employees
I use it to run multiple instances of systems on my host machine to get better usability.
Technical Lead with 51-200 employees
It allows the recreation of an entire network including multiple subnets, but the addition of a built-in virtual router would be good.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have at least four cores available on an Intel i5 (i7 with eight cores recommended) a minimum of 8Gb RAM (32Gb recommended) and lots of internal storage (SSD preferable). Having a virtual SCSI SAN is also recommended if you wish to evaluate vSphere or Hyper-V deployments including shared storage for VM failover.
Developer at a university with 51-200 employees
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What other advice do I have?

VMware workstation is expensive but with its excellent features and performance for a desktop, the cost is nothing. You can use VMware Workstation to develop softwares and applications, test, check and analyze the performance of softwares and experience different virtual network environments such as stand-alone or client–server environments. I am definitely recommending VMware workstation to my fellow programmers, IT professionals, software and systems engineers, teacher and students who want to explore and take advantage of the power of desktop virtualization.
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