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Aaron Krytus
Real User
Network Manager / Senior Network Engineer at Warnock, Tanner & Associates
May 15 2018

What is most valuable?

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

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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

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 solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No
Real User
Systems and Security Administrator at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 23 2016

What is most valuable?

The ability to drag a VM to an additional monitor and utilize VMs on separate windows, drag and drop. I like the newer network editor. Using a wireless guest network to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to run Virtual machines in different networks and with different security levels. I can sandbox my windows machine when I need to use a non domain admin… more»

What needs improvement?

Performance is a needed improvement. I would like to see a faster response on my VMs. Linux support is so-so - many of the VM Tools you need are different packages… more»

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

Spendy - be prepared to buy multiple Windows OS's and to spend a couple hundred or more on the Workstation software. Look for a VMware sale if possible. I also use this at… more»

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

I have used Virtual box and Hyper-V. VMware workstation is more powerful than either of these. You can create virtual networks to test things on, you can emulate an entire… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, virtual box and Hyper-v (comes with Windows 8 and 10 professional for free so you really don't need to buy Hyper-V) VMware is far more powerful than either of the… more»
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Technical Lead with 51-200 employees
Sep 16 2015

What is most valuable?

Network virtualisation allows the recreation of an entire network including multiple subnets, this is required to correctly recreate live deployment scenarios. It can interact with vSphere/Esxi to allow VMs to be moved directly into vSphere, or copied out and stood-up in Workstation; full support to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us the flexibility to recreate live server scenarios including the supporting networks and AD domain controllers; these are then used to test upgrades or migrations with no impact on the live servers or network. These actions can then be repeated on the live servers, or the upgraded… more»

What needs improvement?

The addition of a built-in virtual router would be a good addition. Currently, I run my own virtual router in order to provide conectivity between virtual subnets.

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… more»

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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