VMware Workstation Player: All you need to know

VMware Workstation Player also called VMware Player is a free version of the premium VMware Workstation software. It has fewer features than VMware Workstation and is available for use both commercially with a license and non-commercially without need for a license.

VMware Workstation Player is a virtualization software for 64 bit computers, it is capable of creating virtual machines and is compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems.

VMware Player’s use is for running multiple operating systems on one computer system. For example, you can run both Linux and Windows operating systems on one computer.

VMware workstation player is easy and straightforward to use, it has a wizard which guides you through the virtual machine creation process. VMware workstation player can be downloaded on the VMware website.

VMware Player features

  • GUI interface
  • Ability to create new virtual machines and edit existing virtual machines
  • Virtual Printing
  • Restricted virtual machine running
  • Supports a maximum of 16 Virtual CPUs
  • Supports a maximum of 8TB disks
  • Windows, Linux, CentOS and Ubuntu OS support
  • Maximum of 2GB video allocation to a virtual machine
  • Supports Windows Server 2016
  • 4K Monitor Support

Differences between VMware Player and VMware Workstation

The differences between VMware player and workstation are:

  1. Workstation has developer centric features, Player doesn’t have these.
  2. Workstation has virtual rights management settings for end point security.
  3. Workstation is supported by VMware while Player is not.

VMware Products

VMware has quite a number of other products, the most popular among them are

  • VMware ESXi
  • VMware Fusion – Workstation for Mac
  • VMware Integrated Openstack
  • VMware NSX
  • VMware Player
  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware Workstation

1. VMware Workstation

VMware Workstation is VMWare’s first product and remains one of its most popular products. VMWare workstation lets users run x86 compatible operating systems on one PC.

2. VMware Server

VMware offers premium server software through its VMware ESXi product which runs directly on server hardware. The company also offers a free VMware server with less features.

3. VMWare NSX

VMware NSX is a network visualization software, it is also described as a Software Defined Data Center.

4. VMware Player for Linux

VMware Player for Linux allows Linux users install and run virtual machines on their computers. It is easy to use, flexible and portable. It is capable of running all virtual machines, allows users run multiple operating systems and do much more.

VMware Player for Linux software can be downloaded for free online.

What is VMware

VMware is a Dell Technologies company which specializes in providing cloud computing infrastructure, platform virtualization software and other digital technology services. It is one of most renowned platform visualization companies worldwide and its services are used by many top companies.

VMware is located in Palo Alto, California, was founded in October 1998 and is a publicly traded company. The company was founded by Diane Greene, Scott Devine, Edouard Bugnion, Ellen Wangand Mendel Rosenblum.

VMware’s current CEO is Pat Gelsinger and Dell Technologies founder, Michael Dell serves as the company’s chairman.

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