VMware was founded in 1998 and provides different software and applications for virtualization, the company officially launched its first product, VMware Workstation, in 1999, which was followed by the VMware GSX Server in 2001. The company has launched many additional products since that time. It has become one of the key providers of virtualization software in the industry. VMware’s products can be categorized into two levels: desktop applications and server applications.
VMware’s desktop software is compatible with all major OSs, including Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X. VMware provides three different types of desktop software:
VMware Workstation takes advantage of the latest hardware to replicate server, desktop and tablet environments in a virtual machine. Run applications on a breadth of operating systems including Linux, Windows® and more at the same time on the same PC without rebooting. VMware Workstation makes it really easy to evaluate new operating systems, test software applications and patches, and reference architectures in an isolated and safe environment. No other Desktop Virtualization Software offers the performance, reliability and cutting edge features of Workstation.
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Sharing a virtual machine is the quickest way to share and test applications with your team in a more production-like environment. Run VMware Workstation as a server to share a repository of pre-loaded virtual machines in every desired configuration with your teammates, department or organization. VMware Workstation Pro provides enterprise caliber control over user access when sharing virtual machines.
VMWare Workstation Pro Key Features:
Run Multiple OSs on a Single PC
VMware Workstation Pro allows you to work and run multiple operating systems at once on the same Windows or Linux PC. Create real Linux and Windows VMs and other desktops, server, and tablet environments, complete with configurable virtual networking and network condition simulation, for use in code development, solution architecting, application testing, product demonstrations and more.
Connect to VMware vSphere
Securely connect with vSphere, ESXi or other Workstation servers to launch, control and manage both virtual machines (VMs) and physical hosts. A common VMware hypervisor maximizes productivity and enables easy transfer of VMs to and from your local PC.
Develop and Test for Any Platform Workstation Pro supports hundreds of operating systems and works with cloud and container technologies like Docker.
Secure and Isolate Environments
Run a secure second desktop with different privacy settings, tools, and networking configurations, or use forensic tools to investigate OS vulnerabilities. The workstation provides one of the most secure hypervisors in the industry and delivers powerful features for IT security professionals.
Use Workstation Pro to connect to vSphere, ESXi or other Workstation Pro servers. Drive remote Linux or Windows VMs (and others), command power operations, or transfer VMs to and from vSphere environments. A common VMware hypervisor enables simple portability.
Clones for Rapid Duplication
Save time and effort and ensure an exact duplicate when repeatedly creating the same VM setup. Use “Linked Clones” to quickly duplicate a VM while significantly reducing physical disk space. Use “Full Clones” to create fully isolated duplicates that can be shared with others.
Create a rollback point to revert to on the fly, which is perfect for testing unknown software or creating customer demos. Multiple snapshots make it easy to test a variety of different scenarios without the need to install multiple operating systems.
Powerful Virtual Networking
Create complex IPv4 or IPv6 virtual networks for VMs, or integrate with third-party software to design full data center topologies using real-world routing software and tools. New in Workstation is Network Simulation for introducing packet loss, latency, and bandwidth restrictions.
High-Performance 3D Graphics VMware Workstation Pro for Windows PC supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, to deliver a fluid and responsive experience when running 3D applications. You can run the most highly demanding 3D apps like AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS with near-native performance in a Windows VM.
High-Resolution Display Support
Workstation Pro is optimized to support high-resolution 4K UHD (3840×2160) displays for desktops and QHD+ (3200×1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets. It also supports multiple monitors with different DPI settings, such as a new 4K UHD display along with an existing 1080p HD display.
Create Linux or Windows VMs that can run across the VMware product portfolio or create restricted VMs for use in Horizon FLEX. We even support the open standard so you can create and play VMs from other vendors.
Monster Virtual Machines
Create massive VMs with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, and 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding desktop and server applications in a virtualized environment. Give graphics-intensive apps an additional boost by allocating up to 2GB of available host video memory to a VM.
Restricted Access to Virtual Machines
Protect corporate content by restricting access to Workstation VM settings like drag-and-drop, copy-and-paste, and connections to USB devices. Virtual machines can be encrypted and password-protected to ensure only authorized users to have access.
Shared Virtual Machines
Quickly share and test applications in a simulated production environment. Run VMware Workstation Pro as a server to share a repository of pre-loaded Linux and Windows VMs in every desired configuration with your teammates, department or organization.
Systems using Processors (CPUs) launched in 2011 or later are supported except:
Intel Atom processors based on the 2011 “Bonnell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom Z670/Z650; Atom N570)
Systems using Intel Atom processors based on the 2012 “Saltwell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom S1200, Atom D2700/D2500, Atom N2800/N2600).
Systems using AMD processors based on the “Llano” and “Bobcat” micro-architectures (e.g. code-named “Hondo”, “Ontario”, “Zacate”, “Llano”
In addition, the following are supported:
Systems using Intel processors based on the 2010 “Westmere” micro-architecture (e.g. Xeon 5600, Xeon 3600, Core i7-970, Core i7-980, Core i7-990)
1.3GHz or faster core speed
2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended
Host Operating Systems (64-bit)
Ubuntu 15.04 and above
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 & above
CentOS 7.0 and above
Oracle Linux 7.0 and above
openSUSE Leap 42.2 and above
SUSE Linux 13 and above
Guest Operating Systems
More than 200 operating systems are supported, including:
VMWare Workstation Pro FAQ:
How does VMware Workstation Pro work?
VMware Workstation Pro works by creating fully isolated, secure virtual machines that encapsulate an operating system and its applications. The VMware virtualization layer maps the physical hardware resources to the virtual machine’s resources, so each virtual machine has its own CPU, memory, disks, and I/O devices, and is the full equivalent of a standard x86 machine. VMware Workstation Pro installs onto the host operating system and provides broad hardware support by inheriting device support from the host.
What types of applications can I run in a virtual machine?
Any application that will run on a standard PC will run inside a virtual machine on VMware Workstation Pro. VMware Workstation Pro is the equivalent of a full PC, with full networking and devices — each virtual machine has its own CPU, memory, disks, I/O devices, etc. This allows you to run any application that runs on the supported guest operating systems, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Apache Web Server, Microsoft Visual Studio, Kernel debuggers, Firewalls, VPN software and much more.
What kind of hardware do I need to run VMware Workstation Pro?
VMware Workstation Pro runs on most standard x86-based hardware with 64-bit Intel and AMD processors and on 64-bit Windows or Linux host operating systems. Please review the CPU requirements before purchase, as some older CPU’s are no longer compatible. VMware recommends 1.2 GB of available disk space for the application. Additional hard disk space required for each virtual machine. Please refer to vendors recommended disk space for specific guest operating systems.
Does Workstation 15 Pro support 32-bit operating systems?
Workstation 15 Pro requires a 64-bit operating system on the host PC. You can still run your favorite 32-bit Windows and Linux guest operating systems inside a virtual machine on Workstation 15 Pro. If you plan to run 64-bit virtual machines with VMware Workstation Pro.
Can I convert my trial license to a permanent license?
After the evaluation period has expired, you will be prompted to enter a license key. If you have purchased the product you will have received a new license key. Enter the purchased license key when prompted to unlock the full “unlimited” version of the software. To take advantage of complimentary email support for up to 30 days, your license key must be registered. If you purchased the product from the VMware Online store, your license key is automatically registered. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to manually register your license key in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.
When does complimentary support start?
Complimentary support starts when your VMware Workstation Pro license is registered. Registration takes place automatically if you purchase your product from the VMware Online store. If you purchased from a reseller, you need to register your license in My VMware. Please consult this KB article for detailed instructions on license key registration.
How long does complimentary support last?
Complimentary support for VMware Workstation Pro is valid for 30 days from product registration
VMWare Workstation Version 14.1.5, 30 Day trial version (Release date 22nd Nov 2018)