Likelihood to Recommend
When you use the vSphere client to open a remote console you have what appears to be a slimmed-down version of Workstation. The full version can be used in that same role, but instead of going to vSphere first you can directly get to your VM tree through Workstation. This makes it quick to move from VM to VM. Sandboxing is where Workstation is especially well suited. You can run test apps, difficult apps, and deprecated apps/OSs in a sideways fashion that is not dangerous to your production environment. If you're not a VMware shop, this product could be used but would be less appropriate.
Director in Information TechnologyGovernment Administration Company, 501-1000 employees
Feature Rating Comparison
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Live virtual machine backup
Live virtual machine migration
- VMware Workstation is very easy to use and learn. Little to no knowledge of virtual computing is needed to operate Workstation.
- The price point is not that bad. While there are free solutions out there that provide simple and basic virtualization solutions, VMware Workstation is definitely worth the money. Also, they offer educational discounts.
- While being easy to use it has advanced options, it can integrate into remote clouds as well.
- The snapshots offered on Workstation is a great feature many of the free virtual tools do not have. This allows you to save a live state or dead state of a machine. Allowing immediate rollback or roll forward to points you've saved.
Engineer in Information TechnologyGovernment Administration Company, 10,001+ employees
- VMware to me is a little too simplistic during setup, and this has led to me having to go back through and change some of the options afterward. This, however, is subjective.
- Occasionally after an update, I have experienced freezing.
- I have had issues when backing up a VM to another PC, I would get an error when I start the machine on the new PC.
VMware Workstation 6.7
Based on 3 answers
I haven't had to call VMware Workstation support. The majority of the time, whenever I have a problem, I can perform an online search and find the answers I need. Online forums and users with similar situations are generally sufficient to answer any questions I have had, though, from previous experience at another company, their support is outstanding and responsive to circumstances. However, that is generally for a paid support contract and should be expected when you are paying for that support.
I like using VMWare as it is really easy to configure, very much user friendly. I also like to use the additional features it have for migration like import export in different formats, clone of the virtual machine. I really like using VMware Workstation user console and ESXI at my college
Return on Investment
- Positive impact would be that VMware is a simple, inexpensive solution. To be able to run such other software you would need completely new hardware, but VMware can run it for you virtually, thus, the savings are incredible.
- One VMware instance can run multiple instances of images simultaneously, therefore, it is very time-saving.
Premium Consulting/Integration Services—
Entry-level set up fee?