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VMware Workstation Player is desktop virtualization technology.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/pq/55/2WXS7DXK4HZP.pngStill a great workstationIt is a very user friendly interface that allows you to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. Not having to reboot to switch between them is very convenient. It is easier to use VMware Player than installing them directly to your PC, as it would take much longer.,Ideal for testing new software Can switch between OS without restarting Supports 4k and multiple monitors,9VMware PlayerI personally use VMware for many reasons such as being able to access Linux OS for my project or testing a program.,Free Easy to use Built-in DHCP service which is shared by all NATed VMs,No VM snapshot No support for a virtual monitor Limited cmd line interfance for managing Can't be installed on OS - X,7,Doesn't cost anything. Easy learning curve which means less time on learning on how to use the program!,Oracle VM VirtualBox,Oracle VM VirtualBoxVMware Player used to support legacy applications, while keeping your system up to dateVMware Player has been used in multiple applications that address software compatibility issues and operating system compliance. With VMware Player we have been able to continue the use of legacy applications running on VMs of older OSs while maintaining an up to date host OS across our network.,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.,As intended, VMware Player is capable of running a single VM at a time and you must be logged into the host machine in order to run the guest VMs. In order to run VMs without logging in and/or to run multiple VMs simultaneously requires VMware Workstation.,8,VMware Player was a very affordable investment that allowed our organization to keep a third party business partner's application running on an old version of Internet Explorer while we continued to stay compliant on our workstations by keeping them up-to-date.,,20,5,Keeping our host systems compliant with software updates that effect access to older legacy applications. Allowing access to legacy applications via the guest OS that can run older application versions. Ability to secure and lock down the guest OS so that it can be used for its sole purpose, this reduces the risk of the guest OS inadvertently being used for other tasks where the host OS should be used. Best use for when you need a legacy application on a user desktop that can't otherwise be compatible with the host OS. Good use where you don't need the VM to be run 100% of the time.,Access a remote site secured over a site-to-site VPN connection, while using the old legacy browser and OS. Unity mode was a great addition for our users. Enabled us to lock down the guest OS to only use the applications we wanted to be used in the guest OS.,The next time we run into a compatibility issue on a needed application which has no alternative other than compromising our host OS security, we will then stand up a VM with the needed insecure settings and setup the needed accesses required to perform the needed job function.,8,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Prior Experience with the Product Vendor Reputation Existing Relationship with the Vendor Positive Sales Experience with the Vendor Analyst Reports Third-party Reviews,I most likely would use the same evaluation and selection process where we research the available software and look at what existing relationships we have with our software vendors. Then we choose the best software to implement in our environment that is within the budget. VMware Player met all the right boxes.,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,we encountered no significant issues implementing VMware player.,10,Yes,9,No,When we initially purchased the product and were given a great demo and explanation of the product and unity mode. The resources available to us were very helpful in getting the product launched and functional very quickly. This wasn't at any extra cost and was a great bonus from VMware.,Adding additional hardware is very easy and straightforward. Passing through physical hardware from the host to the guest is also easy and useful. Configuring unity mode is also a great and easy to use feature.,In VMware Player there isn't a native built in way to modify the network configuration, it requires the installation of an additional vmnetcfg application.,10Quick review of VMware PlayerI have been using VMware Player for open source and software-defined development. I use it for running open network operating system , distributed architecture . I had no issues spawning the vm and running my setup on the virtual machine.,Easy to create VMs Portable Reliable,Licensing Easy access to OS images Networking connecting to internet,3,Easy to depoloy,,VMware Workstation, VMware FusionPlayers gonna playI used VMWare Player to give myself an introduction to virtualization. It allows you to get your feet wet without committing money to a paid product, such as VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion. The features are limited, but as a beginner, you will be mainly concerned with the creation and maintenance of basic VMs, which is doable with VMware Player.,Allows beginners to experience virtualization Simple to use Lightweight,Would be nice to use more VMs at once, but this is basically trial software, so it's hard to fault them.,8,Educational tool without the cost Could be helpful for lightweight virtualization,VMware Horizon View and VMware Fusion
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July 21, 2016

VMware Workstation Player Review: "Still a great workstation"

Score 9 out of 10
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It is a very user friendly interface that allows you to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC. Not having to reboot to switch between them is very convenient. It is easier to use VMware Player than installing them directly to your PC, as it would take much longer.
  • Ideal for testing new software
  • Can switch between OS without restarting
  • Supports 4k and multiple monitors
Great way to test out different software or OS without having to install them directly to your PC. Switching between operating systems is fluid and easy, without the hassle of needing to restart. Great for quick developing or tweaking of minor settings without having to apply them directly to your PC using trial and error.
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June 06, 2016

VMware Workstation Player Review: "VMware Player"

Score 7 out of 10
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I personally use VMware for many reasons such as being able to access Linux OS for my project or testing a program.
  • Free
  • Easy to use
  • Built-in DHCP service which is shared by all NATed VMs
  • No VM snapshot
  • No support for a virtual monitor
  • Limited cmd line interfance for managing
  • Can't be installed on OS - X
If you can't afford VMware Fusion and are ok with limited features, this is excellent program to use and best of all, it's free!
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October 09, 2015

VMware Workstation Player Review: "VMware Player used to support legacy applications, while keeping your system up to date"

Score 8 out of 10
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VMware Player has been used in multiple applications that address software compatibility issues and operating system compliance. With VMware Player we have been able to continue the use of legacy applications running on VMs of older OSs while maintaining an up to date host OS across our network.
  • 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.
  • As intended, VMware Player is capable of running a single VM at a time and you must be logged into the host machine in order to run the guest VMs. In order to run VMs without logging in and/or to run multiple VMs simultaneously requires VMware Workstation.
VMware Player is well suited for a desktop end user who needs to run applications that require very specific settings or restrictions that would effect the host OS too greatly. For example if an application requires an old version of Java or an old browser to function then VMware Player is a better place to host a guest OS with those configurations. This way the host machine can still utilize a newer browser and Java version for safety and compliance while the VM can be used for compatibility and access.
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May 04, 2016

VMware Workstation Player: "Quick review of VMware Player"

Score 3 out of 10
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I have been using VMware Player for open source and software-defined development.
I use it for running open network operating system , distributed architecture . I had no issues
spawning the vm and running my setup on the virtual machine.
  • Easy to create VMs
  • Portable
  • Reliable
  • Licensing
  • Easy access to OS images
  • Networking connecting to internet
VMware Player is appropriate for educational purposes. It needs to be more reliable for company development.
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October 07, 2015

VMware Workstation Player Review: "Players gonna play"

Score 8 out of 10
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I used VMWare Player to give myself an introduction to virtualization. It allows you to get your feet wet without committing money to a paid product, such as VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion. The features are limited, but as a beginner, you will be mainly concerned with the creation and maintenance of basic VMs, which is doable with VMware Player.
  • Allows beginners to experience virtualization
  • Simple to use
  • Lightweight
  • Would be nice to use more VMs at once, but this is basically trial software, so it's hard to fault them.
Better suited for personal use, more-than-likely in an academic environment. For business you're better off with a paid product such as VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion. The Pro version of VMware Player may be a better choice for some, but again you're committing to purchasing and may as well go with Workstation/Fusion at that point.
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