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How to choose the right VMware type-2 hypervisor

Introduction

Type-2 virtualization continues to evolve to keep up as IT roles expand and cutting-edge technologies mature. VMware has a number of these desktop virtualization tools for users who want to test and develop VMs before pushing them into the production environment.

When choosing what best fits your desktop virtualization needs, the top factors typically include price, features and OS that will support the Type-2 hypervisor. VMware Workstation, Player and Fusion are three products -- each one varying to some degree, which can make it difficult to select one over the others. To help you in your efforts, we've broken down the details of each tool and which ones work best in certain scenarios.

1The full-fledged platform-

Workstation

VMware Workstation allows users to create and run virtual machines on a desktop in a test and development environment. With each release, VMware adds more features from its ESXi -- or bare-metal hypervisor -- to Workstation, making it ideal for producing virtual machines that may migrate to the production environment.

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How Workstation 10 features stack up

VMware's Workstation 10 upgrade can handle more powerful virtual machines and offers other enhancements. Workstation 10 also addressed security concerns with the addition functionality that your virtual environment demands to plug the gaps. The big question is whether or not it's worth the price tag. Continue Reading

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Settings for optimal Workstation 9 performance

Newer processors pack more punch, but administrators still need to tailor CPU allocation for a smoother Workstation 9 experience. Physical CPUs are always better than cores, and cores are better than hyper-threading. Monitoring the number of cores and hyper-threaded CPUs used to make sure performance isn't affected. Continue Reading

Feature

Exploring Workstation setup

When it comes to flexibility, it's important -- no matter what you're doing. Whether it be a home test lab or developing an application, flexibility is key. VMware Workstation gives administrators a flexible test environment and a way to share VMs. Continue Reading

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The key features in Workstation

Instead of having to add more physical servers, VMware Workstation offers flexibility in testing and development for administrators and enables users to create and use VMs with guest operating systems which can lift the burden for IT pros. Continue Reading

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Using clones as templates in Workstation

Virtualization administrators can use templates to create multiple VMs but depending on if you use, there are different ways to use clones as templates in VMware Workstation. Once it's prepared you have to change the identity of the VM before creating the clone. Continue Reading

2For less demanding scenarios-

Player

VMware Player is also a Type-2 hypervisor that is a standalone product that can run virtual machines in a window. VMware Player is free for personal use, while VMware Player Pro is licensed for commercial use and can run restricted virtual machines. Although they don't share all of the same features, VMware Player Pro can accomplish some of the same things while avoiding some of the cost of Workstation.

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Player requirements and installation cheat sheet

Before you install VMware Player, check your hardware and software setup against the requirements to see what the install options are. Continue Reading

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Player Plus 6 is another tool for minimal deployments

Using Player Plus 6's ability to open existing VMs and create new ones is both simple and fast and can be a great tool for basic virtualization tasks. Continue Reading

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A VMware Player vs. Workstation comparison

Although VMware Player is free and Workstation is purchased, there's more to the comparison than price. IT administrators should also consider which test-and-development tool to use for your virtual infrastructure. Continue Reading

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Virtualize different OSes with VMware Player

VMware Player can virtualize different operating systems, including Linux. This tip is a walkthrough of how to use Player in the Linux distribution Mageia 2, including screen shots that show users how to do it from start to finish. Continue Reading

3The choice for Mac users-

Fusion

There are quite a few administrators running MacBooks that will need a hypervisor to run a Windows operating system. VMware Fusion and Fusion Professional virtualization platforms both support Apple OSes, which is something that VMware Workstation can't do. Although Fusion and Workstation have some similar features, such as a snapshot manager, they have different focuses.

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Is Fusion Pro 7 is worth the price?

VMware split Fusion into a standard and a professional version. Although Fusion Pro 7 might make things like building a private network easier, it's up to the administrator to determine if it's worth the price. Continue Reading

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Comparing Fusion and Workstation

We know that VMware Fusion and Workstation aren't the same, but how exactly are they different? They offer some of the same features but this comparison shows the differences in the end user virtualization tools and can help you figure out which one of the best fit for you. Continue Reading

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Get the most out of VMware Fusion 5

With VMware Fusion 5, there are a lot of features that administrators can take advantage of with a custom setup. Continue Reading

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Get more from your Windows VM with Fusion

One perk of VMware Fusion is its ability to create snapshots and allow a Windows VM to use built-in Mac devices. Continue Reading

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