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Likelihood to Recommend

Hyper-V

A specific scenario where Hyper-V is well suited would be for environment testing purposes. Let's say you want to learn or test a new OS for a product or just for learning purposes. You are able to boot up this OS in just a few mins on Hyper-V and then begin working, testing and learning with no money out of your pocket. You don't have to go out and build or buy a new PC (assuming your current PC has enough memory and CPU usage for a single VM.).I do not think there is a scenario where this would not be appropriate. This is not really a piece of software that you need to install to do other things. If you are enabling Hyper-V you are using it to create a virtual environment. The only time you really wouldn't use this is if your application would be better off running in a docker/container setup.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware will work great for the following test scenarios:
  • Testing windows updates on a system
  • Testing a new software or a new software version
  • Creating a sandbox to test options/features of an OS
  • Creating different VM to test a software on different OS without the need to have physical machines for all of them
You can also use it as a "player" only where you have that static VM that you run from time to time as with my use for SAS University. Whenever you need to use the software, you simply start that VM.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Hyper-V
7.9
VMware Workstation Player
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Hyper-V
7.6
VMware Workstation Player
Management console
Hyper-V
7.7
VMware Workstation Player
Live virtual machine backup
Hyper-V
8.3
VMware Workstation Player
Live virtual machine migration
Hyper-V
7.9
VMware Workstation Player
Hypervisor-level security
Hyper-V
8.1
VMware Workstation Player

Pros

Hyper-V

  • Checkpoints are the easiest in Hyper-V. Creating them on live systems, restoring a system to a previous checkpoint in seconds and maintaining the one you were just using in case you have to go back to it again.
  • Controlling the resources is extremely useful in Hyper-V as opposed to other solutions that have basic tools only. With Hyper-V you can assign specific number of cores of CPU, or amounts of RAM, and you can set these dynamically with a type of "importance" for each VM, so that if one VM is more essential than a 2nd one, but both are trying to consume 100% of the CPU/RAM, you can designate which server has the most importance and Hyper-V will give it the resources over the 2nd one.
  • Replicas are required! If your Hyper-V host dies, your company dies. If you have a Replica Hyper-V Host, you are in good shape! Spinning up a replica server can be done automatically when the primary VM fails, or manually to give you a chance to modify IP/MAC/HostName/etc. This can be done in seconds and have your company up and running again in moments versus days!
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

  • VMware Player is easy to use.
  • VMware Player supports a wide variety operating systems.
  • Unity mode makes it easy for the end user to utilize needed legacy applications while maintaining their familiar Host OS desktop. It's seamless to the point where the end user doesn't know they're running applications from a VM.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Hyper-V

  • For me, checkpoints have been a sore spot over the years. These are system snapshots, where you can roll back the system to a previous point in time if you encounter issues after installing updates, applications, or making changes to the system. I'm using Server 2016 and haven't tried them in this version, but earlier versions created all sorts of issues if you ran into a scenario where you needed to recover a VM. I don't use these, instead relying on Veeam backups.
  • Moving VMs from one server to another could be easier. To be clear, I'm not talking about Replica, but actual VM migration.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

  • Would be nice to use more VMs at once, but this is basically trial software, so it's hard to fault them.
Stephen Demsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Cheap and easy is the name of the game. It has great support, it doesn't require additional licenses, it works the same if it is a cluster or stand-alone, and all the servers can be centrally managed from a system center virtual machine manager server, even when located at remote sites.
Tim Starkenburg | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I give a rating of 8 because VMware Player has its use cases, for example it requires the host OS to be logged in, and the VMware Player application to be opened and the Guest VM started. Only one VM can run at a time.I'd give a 9/10 to VMware Workstation because you can run shared VMs at startup without logging in or starting the workstation application.and i'd give ESX a 10/10 because ESX is the leader in enterprise visualization.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.8
Based on 4 answers
It is very easy to configure new virtual machines and manage them. But you have to use different interfaces to perform various tasks. Especially as soon as it comes to clustering you have to use at least two different interfaces (Hyper-V Manager and Failover-Cluster Manager) to perform all necessary tasks. The newly released Windows Admin Center is a way into the right direction to get all management tasks into one single interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Great product. Its user-friendly GUI and overall performance are really the biggest strength of this tool. The reason why I don't give a higher note is because of the price. Although it's decent (starting at around $200 for a license), there is a good free alternative in VirtualBox. Not everyone values friendly GUI as something worth paying for. For people that are more tech-savvy, I would recommend looking into VirtualBox as they might actually like the model better (with downloadable add-ons and packages).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
In the past 2 years our Hyper-V servers have only had a handful of instances where the VM's on them were unreachable and the physical Hyper-V server had to be restarted. One time this was due to a RAM issue with the physical box and was resolved when we stopped using dynamic memory in Hyper-V. The other times were after updates were installed and the physical box was not restarted after the updates were installed.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Hyper-V itself works quickly and rarely gave performance issues but this can be more attributed to the physical server specifications that the actual Hyper-V software in my opinion as Hyper-V technically just utilizes config files such as xml, and a data drive file (VHD, VHDX, etc) to perform its' duties.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Integration isn't really relevant here but I see this question more as an OS compatibility for the VM. They state that they support over 200 different OS versions. I honestly have never tried anything else other than Ubuntu and Windows myself but nonetheless, this is impressive. I have not hit any limitation in my use of this software in terms of limitation or conflicts with other software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.8
Based on 15 answers
This is one of the main reasons we use Hyper-V instead of others. Having Microsoft's backing really takes the edge off if we run into issues. With other products, it's easy to get into the blame game of he said she said. With Hyper-V and Microsoft, we don't have to worry about that.
Rob Rotundo | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 9.0
Based on 1 answer
VMware support is very knowledgeable on their products, eveything from AirWatch to ESX clusters. VMware is easy to contact, they stay in touch and see the issue through to the end and a final resolution. They keep you up to date on your issue status and don't leave you waiting for answers.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.0
Based on 1 answer
We had in person training from a third party and while it was very in depth it was at a beginner's level and by the time we received the training we had advanced past this level so it was monotonous and redundant at that point. It was good training though and would have provided a solid foundation for learning the rest of Hyper-V had I had it from the beginning.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The training was easy to read and find. There were good examples in the training and it is plentiful if you use third party resources also. It is not perfect as sometimes you may have a specific question and have to spend time learning or in the rare case you get an error you might have to research that error code which could have multiple causes.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure to test the upgrade on a machine with test VM's that are either backed up or are ok to be corrupted in case of failure. Other than that there are few things to worry about
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Installing the application was easily completed on the twenty computers that needed VMware Player. Once those 20 users were configured we copied our virtual machine template to the 20 users and turned on their newly provisioned virtual machines. We then configured unity mode so the user could easily work from within the virtual machine from their host desktop.
Jeremy Kendzierski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Hyper-V

We use VirtualBox for non-production environments and pre-production testing because it's free. In our experience, we are not confident in VirtualBox for a production environment. On the flip-side, VMware is overkill for our needs and is too complex for our small I.T. dept to manage. Hyper-V is right in the middle. We already have it via existing licenses and it has a familiar feel to anyone who has used Microsoft's server operating systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

Both free, VMware supports USB 3.0 while VirtualBox does not. VMware supports nested hardware-assisted virtualization while VirtualBox does not.
Fareed Abolhassani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Nothing is perfect but Hyper-V does a great job of showing the necessary data to users to ensure that there is enough resources to perform essential functions. You can also select what fields show on the management console which is helpful for a quick glance. There are notifications that can be set up and if things go unnoticed and a Hyper-V server runs out of a resource it will safely and quickly shut down the VM's it needs to in order to ensure no Hardware failure or unnecessary data loss.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Hyper-V

  • Positive: It saved my client money because they didn't have to provide an entire laptop for me. Instead, they just gave me a USB stick with an ISO file, which I used to load their image on my Hyper-V.
  • Negative: Downtime. I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting connectivity and stability issues within Hyper-V. So although it saved them the initial money of not having to provide a separate laptop, a lot of money was spent in man-hours trying to troubleshoot other issues.
  • Positive: Interfacing with the local system. How a VM interfaces with a local system can often be hit or miss. As an example, I'm referring to how easily it can copy/paste between the two systems. Hyper-V does this remarkably well, and it also handles screen sizing with ease.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Workstation Player

  • For me the benefit was really high as I could use a solution that had a free educational version with VMware player. Without it, I would've needed to buy the SAS software itself which would have cost a few thousand dollars.
  • Although I have no details about the ROI, I know that software testing teams that use the software are saving a lot of money buy using virtual machines. It is obviously a great saving both in physical machine count but also in workstation lab sizes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Hyper-V

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

VMware Workstation Player

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Hyper-V
8.3
VMware Workstation Player
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Hyper-V
10.0
VMware Workstation Player
8.0

Usability

Hyper-V
9.8
VMware Workstation Player
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Hyper-V
9.0
VMware Workstation Player

Performance

Hyper-V
9.0
VMware Workstation Player
9.0

Support Rating

Hyper-V
8.8
VMware Workstation Player
9.0

In-Person Training

Hyper-V
8.0
VMware Workstation Player

Online Training

Hyper-V
9.0
VMware Workstation Player

Implementation Rating

Hyper-V
10.0
VMware Workstation Player
10.0

Scalability

Hyper-V
9.0
VMware Workstation Player

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