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. Read Now
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.
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.
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. Read Now
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. Read Now
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. Read Now
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.
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. Read Now
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. Read Now