Workstation Pro

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VMware Workstation Pro allows technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.

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Workstation Pro review by <span>Kevin  R.</span>
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Great for virtualization multiple machines at once

What do you like best?

Great for virtualization multiple machines at once, Allows dynamic allocation of resources and gives you recommended specs for each type of machine. Allows for security research without causing harm to real machines and its easy to spin up a new or saved VM than reimage a machine

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit clunky with some of the drivers or just missing drivers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get it. This is by far my favorite VM software to work on when testing new security feature and security flaws and bugs. The internal networking is easy to use and the easy of saving an images is just a few clicks. This makes life easier when you need to roll back to a working OS instead of the broken one that you some how broke.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allows us to have a sand box to work in without having multiple real machines running. If I need to knock down the whole internal network that can be done without bring down production machines and it makes everybody's life at the company easier

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Workstation Pro review by <span>Ethan J.</span>
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Some configuration required

What do you like best?

It is great to be able to easily run and manage virtual machines from my desktop.

What do you dislike?

Some configurations for the Virtual Machines can be quite difficult for users that are new to managing VMs. Network settings, in particular, can be confusing when first starting out. Overall I would say it takes a lot of learning and getting used to up-front with the software before you can really start reaping the rewards of using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As an end user, I've found VMware Workstation Pro to meet and exceed my needs. Yes, it is slightly difficult to learn how to set it up and use it initially but once everything is configured appropriately it is a breeze to use. Beyond the initial setup there is very little that you have to keep doing to manage the software and it becomes second nature to take snapshots, pause and resume your virtual machines whenever necessary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At my organization, I do software demonstrations on a daily basis and we utilize virtual machines to demonstrate our product. It makes everything run much more smoothly to have a standalone environment to use away from all the messaging, emails and everything else I have running on my desktop during the day.

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Workstation Pro review by <span>Hernán P.</span>
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The best product in home lab virtualizacion

What do you like best?

Undoubtedly, it is the best product to virtualize in workstation equipment, both for the testing of platforms or technologies as well as to keep working small loads.

The product itself is a fundamental tool in any IT environment, since it allows you to create virtual machines in minutes without having to have a complete or large infrastructure to do so.

It supports all VMware vSphere technologies and is fully compatible to migrate from a Workstation environment to vSphere. It allows you to make complete network configurations, manage virtual disks, compute resources, and everything you need. It is an excellent tool to start venturing into virtualization on x86 environments.

What do you dislike?

Nothin to dislike. Maybe the price should be more attractive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Undoubtedly, it is a product that can not be stressed in any IT office or in any home laboratory for the realization of tests of all kinds.

If it is necessary to test a patch of a new operating system, a new operating system itself or a new version, it is the right tool.

It is also a totally transparent environment and integrated with VMware vSPhere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Workstation Pro we are able to perform complete test environments to analyze the operation of certain programs or platforms. It is also a very useful tool to assemble a testing laboratory in the home, allowing you to analyze products in a completely safe and reliable way.

Workstation Pro review by <span>Ivan M.</span>
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Best ever desktop virtualization around

What do you like best?

The software automatically chooses adequately the settings needed in order to perform best, given you have "Automatically" set in the relevant settings. Workstation Pro is also very efficient with the usage of your resources. The software is really full featured for the price, it's money well spent, you can't get it wrong with this one. If you read the documentation, you can even get more benefits of the advanced usage of the tool.

What do you dislike?

Only twice in 10 years of usage happened to me that the update broke something inside the virtual machine and made me roll back to a previous update of Workstation Pro, other than that, the software is really robust and I cannot complain, mostly because it exceeds my expectations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Install all the options and update frequently, it's worth doing so when a new version is released.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The feature to virtualize from physical to virtual machine is priceless, it allows us to save old computers here at the company and to maintain alive their roles. The feature to connect to ESXi or any other compatible VMware-compatible infraestructure is also very useful if you need a quick connect to use the consoles of virtual machine if you don't have vSphere Client at your hand.

Workstation Pro review by <span>Sarah L.</span>
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Protect yourself from virus by creating a virtual machine with VMWare

What do you like best?

I love VMWare pro because is a software that is fairly easy to use: the most exciting use of VMWare Pro is tthat it allows anyone to create a virtual machine in order to prevent virus. This is possible due to that you create a "new computer" inside your computer. What I also like is that it´s failry easy to create these virtual machines with VMWare Pro, as the only things needed are the operating system (inside CD or USB), a bit of knowledge of how a computer works, and that´s technically all you need. And if your virtual machine gets infected, you just need to erase it and create a new one, and VMWare gives you the option to do that!

What do you dislike?

What some users might dislike a bit about using VMWare pro is that, even when it´s fairly easy to use, they need a bit of knowledge about how a computer works (knowledge of RAM memory, Processrs, etc.). It would be awesome if VMWare created a new version of their software where creating a new virtual machine is as easy as inserting the operating system on CD or USB and then just click "create a new virtual machine". This is the only thing that this software lacks, and I dislike that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you´ve deleted your computer many times because you find it infected with virus, then you need to get VMWare pro so that you can create virtual machines that you can use, and if they get infected, you only need to delete them and create new ones. How great is that?

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

By using VMWare pro, I protect my work files, and this saves me time and money: it has happened to me twice that my computer out of the blue gets a virus and I have to re.install everything (and this means that most or all of my work files are lost, which consumes time and money). Now that I use VMWare in order to create virtual machines, I only need to create a couple of them, one for my work, and one for browsing on the net, and if the last virtual machine breaks down, nothing happens to my work machine!

Workstation Pro review by <span>Alan I.</span>
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Not a fan of virtual enviorments but this gave a new perspective

What do you like best?

What i like best of vmware was how easy is to use and config , i'm not a server specialist o something like that but under this platform is really easy to set up for a virtual server and do not gave any trouble but the server itself. Also can have any type of server you need , from a modest server for a simple share aplication to a ERP SERVER with all the company needs to operate

What do you dislike?

what i think can better is the pricing and licensing , for litle enterprises is really expensive , and the return of the money inversted is really long.Sometimes the languae support for spanish is not the best trnaslation , and migrate from 10 year old tecnologies gave a big headake because not all the componente are compatible , giving a trouble implemente and configurating the specs for the new server thar achive the old needs .

Recommendations to others considering the product

My recommendations for this matter are , if you have a complex it forest , the migration to this is the way to go , otherwise is going to be exprensive and can see the ROI in a short term . Other point to pay atention is to be clear with the support of the tecnologies you are migrating , sometime not all the specs of one tecnology can be migrate to a virtual enviorment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With a virtual enviorment we solve a really big issue , no more spend of money in hardware that is going to be obsolte in six months . we achive a pretty durable forest , and a way to resist any outside problem .

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