VMWare works through virtualisation. Virtualisation is the process that creates an abstract layer between the hardware and the software, of your computer. That abstraction layer, known as the hypervisor creates a virtual representation of the physical server which allows you to run multiple virtual machines (VMs) on the same physical server.
Those virtual machines can then run their own operating systems, effectively allowing you to run multiple OS and applications that share the same networking and resources.
Virtual appliances are great as they are pre built, pre configured and ready to run, saving you from the hassle of installation and configuration. However, If you’re just starting out in Virtualisation, the concept can come off as a little daunting, so to help you with it, we’re here to explain everything you need to know about the VMWare workstation pro – one of the most popular virtualisation technology manufactured by one of the leading companies in the market.
The workstation pro, the predecessor of the much simpler and more basic Workstation player, is a virtualisation software that comes packed with features like cloning, sharing VMs, snapshots, remote connections to vSphere or vCloud air, advanced VM settings, etc. Let’s take a closer look at it :
What is VMWare Workstation PRO?
Unlike Type 1 hypervisors that run directly on your computer’s hardware and become the server’s primary Operating system themselves, allowing them to create and manage VMs and different virtualized computing resources, Type 2 hypervisors, like VMWare Workstation pro actually require a host operating system ( for example – different versions of Windows and Linux), and work as any other application on the original OS to create and manage multiple VMs. These VMs may, then each have a different OS, while the endpoint system continues to function normally – allowing you to install and run conventional apps. Since these VMs run simultaneously with the physical machine, they enable the users to run a Windows OS on a Linux machine (or the other way round) simultaneously with the original Operating system.
Requirements for Workstation pro:
- 64-bit Intel core 2 duo processor (or AMD Athlon 64 FX dual core processor, or later)
- Clock speed of 1.3 GHz or faster
- minimum of 2 GB memory (although 4 GB is recommended)
Additional resources are necessary for the host OS as well as any VMs that are created. Remember that the number of Virtual Machines is limited only by the practical limit of computing resources available on your computer. Further, each guest VM would require its own Operating System. Workstation Pro supports more than about 200 guest OS-s, including the different versions of Windows and Linux)
Features of Workstation Pro:
Some of the features of the Workstation pro include:
- Can create and manage multiple simultaneous VMs
- Supports large VMs using 16 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) along with 64gb of RAM
- Handles 4k displays and offers USB support for smart cards and 3.0 devices
- host/guest file sharing
- Employs 3D graphics under DX10
- open GL 3.3. creates and runs encrypted VMs,
- Offers Snapshots feature for backup or cloning purposes
- Shares VMs and connects to other VMware platforms (vSphere and vCloud Air)
- support for bridging existing host network adapters
- physical storage drive sharing
- Disk drive simulation
- Multiple VM grouping
- Record replay
- Supports up to 8 TB disk
- Virtual data disk controller
- SSD support
- Virtual tablet sensors – accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor.
What can you do with Workstation pro?
Primarily designed to be used by technical professionals such as developers, quality assurance engineers, IT administrators, technical support representatives, trainers, etc, you can use the VMWare Workstation pro for a lot of things :
With the Workstation Pro you can create VMs with the 64 bit windows and Linux operating systems, which is exponentially easier than directly installing them on your PC. Not only is it time efficient and takes up less space, it also helps you make the full of the security, flexibility and portability of VMs
Virtual Machines are extensively used by IT professionals to test out new OS features and functionality before they can be sent out to production. Due to its compatibility with the vSphere, Workstation Pro also allows IT Staff to perform remote management from their desktop to the center of their data in the vSphere environment.
- Managing Local test environments:
Local test environments can be created and managed for software and development with the use of Virtualization. Not only does this allow for rapid prototyping, but also rapid testing before developers can commit to building more expensive data center resources.
- Testing Codes:
Owing to the wide range of support the Workstation Pro offers to different guest OSes, it allows developers to run a singular code base against multiple operating systems including cloud targets.
With that, you know pretty much everything there is to know about the VMWare workstation Pro. We hope this was helpful, in case of further questions or feedback, you can reach out to us via email or simply drop a comment below!