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Screenshot showing VMware Workstation 11.1 on Windows 7
|Stable release||11.1  / 17 February 2015|
VMware Workstation is a hypervisor that runs on x86-64 computers; it enables users to set up one or more virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical machine, and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine. Each virtual machine can execute its own operating system, including versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux, BSD, and MS-DOS. VMware Workstation is developed and sold by VMware, Inc., a division of EMC Corporation.
VMware Workstation supports bridging existing host network adapters and share physical disk drives and USB devices with a virtual machine. In addition, it can simulate disk drives. It can mount an existing ISO image file into a virtual optical disc drive so that the virtual machine sees it as a real one. Likewise, virtual hard disk drives are made via .vmdk files.
VMware Workstation can save the state of a virtual machine (a "snapshot") at any instant. These snapshots can later be restored, effectively returning the virtual machine to the saved state.
VMware Workstation includes the ability to designate multiple virtual machines as a team which can then be powered on, powered off, suspended or resumed as a single object, making it particularly useful for testing client-server environments.
The VMware Player, a virtualization package of basically similar, but reduced, functionality, is also available, and is free of charge for non-commercial use, or for distribution or other use by written agreement.
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|Green||Release still supported|
|Major Version||Release Date||Significant Changes|
|3.0||1 November 2001|
|3.1||9 April 2002|
|4.0||23 March 2003|
|4.5||5 April 2004|
|5.0||11 April 2005|
|5.5||12 September 2005|
|6.0||9 May 2007|
|6.5||23 September 2008|
|7.0||26 October 2009|
|8.0||14 September 2011||
|9.0||23 August 2012|
|10.0||3 September 2013||
|10.0.1||24 October 2013||
|10.0.2||17 April 2014||
|10.0.3||1 July 2014||
|10.0.4||30 October 2014||
|10.0.5||27 January 2015||
|11.0||1 Dec 2014|
Host OS support
|Operating system||Supported by
|Windows Server 2012 R2||10.0 and later|
|Windows Server 2012||9.0 and later|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1||8.0 and later|
|Windows Server 2008 R2||7.0 and later|
|Windows Server 2008||6.0–10.0|
|Windows Server 2003 R2||6.0–10.0|
|Windows Server 2003||4.0–10.0|
|Windows 8.1||10.0 and later|
|Windows 8||9.0 and later|
|Windows 7||7.1 and later|
VMware Tools is a package with drivers and other software that can be installed in guest operating systems to increase their performance. It has several components, including the following:
- Drivers for the emulated hardware:
- Drag-and-drop file support
- Clipboard sharing between host and guest
- Time synchronization capabilities (guest syncs with host machine's clock)
- Support for Unity, a feature that allows seamless integration of applications with the host desktop
Ready-to-use virtual machines
Many ready-made virtual machines (VMs) which run on VMWare Player, Workstation, and other virtualization software are available for specific purposes, either for purchase or free of charge; for example free Linux-based "browser appliances" with the Firefox or other browser installed which can be used for safe Web browsing; if infected or damaged it can be discarded and replaced by a clean copy. The appliance can be configured to automatically reset itself after each use so personal information is not stored. VMs distributed legally only have freely distributable operating systems, as operating systems on VMs must be licensed; ready-to-use Microsoft Windows VMs, in particular, are not distributed, except for evaluation versions.
- PowerWF - Provides a visual representation of VMware VIX scripts, converting them into workflows, or converting workflows into Powershell cmdlets and modules. VIX is VMware's addition to Microsoft's Powershell for automation of the VMware Player.
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- Browser Appliance
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- Review of VMware Workstation 7 at ZDNet UK, rated 9/10
- Review of VMware Workstation 7 at V3, rated 4/5
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