Virtual machines made easy!
April 16, 2018

Virtual machines made easy!

Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with VMware Workstation

Oh where to begin. The uses for VMware Workstation are almost endless. First and foremost in my case, I use it to build Windows 7 and 10 images, and then capture them using FOG. Building images this way is so much cleaner and faster because they are universal, meaning they are not dependent on any hardware type. I love that I can make snapshots along the way, and if I run into any issues I can restore the snapshot, and keep on building.
  • Extremely fast image creation.
  • VMware allows the user to boot into bios, unlike some other virtualization software.
  • Customer support is remarkable, always willing to assist with even the smallest issues.
  • 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.
  • Image building is much faster
  • Thinapp environment is much better maintained than with other virtualization software
  • Users are much happier because of the ease of use and features of VMware.
I have used just about every Virtual machine software on the market from Oracle Virtualbox, VMware Fusion, KVM for Linux, Microsoft Hyper-v, and the Google virtual machine software, and even though I love Virtualbox none of them come close to the ease of use and the quality of VMware Workstation It is the fastest virtual machine for Windows, and also the most feature packed. The "cherry" on top is their top notch customer support. VMware is not cheap, but the quality and service that comes with it is priceless.
VMware is not just well suited, but it is a necessity in a thin client environment. Other virtualization software can be used of course, but none of the others that I have used come with the customer support that VMware does. It is also perfect for a PC environment that uses FOG for imaging, because building images is so much faster on VMware than on a live machine.

VMware Workstation Pro Feature Ratings

Virtual machine automated provisioning
Management console
Not Rated
Live virtual machine backup
Live virtual machine migration
Hypervisor-level security