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VMware Workstation ( v. 7 ) - license

Mfg. Part: WS7-ENG-LW-CP-L3 | CDW Part: 2156477 | UNSPSC: 43233405
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  • ( v. 7 )
  • license
  • 1 workstation
  • VPP
  • level 3 ( 1000-1749 )
  • Linux
  • Win
  • English
VMware Workstation provides the most dependable, high-performing, and secure virtual machine platform. It offers the broadest host and guest operating system support, the richest user experience, and the most comprehensive feature set.

VMware Workstation is the gold standard in desktop virtualization, transforming the way technical professionals develop, test, demo and deploy software. Innovative features help developers, QA engineers, sales professionals and IT administrators reduce hardware costs, manage risk and streamline tasks, saving time and improving productivity.
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Category: Utilities
Subcategory: Utilities - other

Brand: VMware
Compatibility: PC , Unix
Localization: English
Manufacturer: VMware VPP Licensing Prog
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: VMware Workstation

License Pricing: Volume
Pricing Level: Level 3
Pricing Range: 1000-1749

License Category: License
License Qty: 1 workstation
License Type: License
Licensing Program: VMware Volume Purchasing Program (VPP)
Version: 7

System Requirements
Platform: Linux , Windows

Product Reviews
Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by I use it to run multiple instances of systems on my host machine to get better usability. Valuable Features:VM management - ability to very easily create and manage multiple VMs of various platforms. Portability and ease of saving and copying entire VMs from machine to machine.Improvements to My Organization:As a systems admin, I use it to run multiple instances of systems on my host machine to get better usability and for testing new builds for our users as well as for server updates.Room for Improvement:It's been a struggle at times to keep drive shares and video drivers working across updates. So a bit of stability in those areas would be nice.Use of Solution:2 yearsStability Issues:I've been hit with a few bugs and documented issues.Specifically with video not behaving for VM windows on multiple monitors. And shared printing from the host machine is very temperamental.Cost and Licensing Advice:It always seems a bit steep to me on renewals, but it pairs very well with our existing vSphere architecture so it offers a few more benefits and ease of use.Other Solutions Considered:I use Hyper-V for the same purposes but VMware Workstation performs well and scales down to our developers needs easily.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. May 25, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I like the ability to drag a VM to an additional monitor and utilize VMs on separate windows, drag and drop. Valuable Features:The ability to drag a VM to an additional monitor and utilize VMs on separate windows, drag and drop.Improvements to My Organization:The ability to run Virtual machines in different networks and with different security levels. I can sandbox my windows machine when I need to use a non domain admin account for daily tasks but have another sandboxed machine to handle system admin tasks. I also have a wireless sand boxed Ubuntu machine that is in no way connected to our internal network for testing our websites, outside email etc. This has saved me a great deal of time and effort.Room for Improvement:Performance is a needed improvement. I would like to see a faster response on my VMs. Linux support is so-so - many of the VM Tools you need are different packages downloadable from the distro you are using. Ubuntu 15.x seems to have improved the ability that plagued the product - getting the host share folder to be accessible from a Linux VM.Pricing. When you purchase VMware workstation you get a great product but there is a cost. It is more expensive than Fusion or Player.Use of Solution:I have used VMware workstation 10 and now 12 - I skipped 11. It is an expensive upgrade too.Deployment Issues:Deploying using a LINUX OS - (especially CENTOS 7) seems to strip some functionality and is fraught with difficulties. Save yourself some headaches - deploy it in a Windows environment and then use Linux as a VM.Stability Issues:I have had a few issues prior to update1 - but I am unsure if this is due to my platform or if it is a VMware related issue. I also noticed that it uses a lot of RAM when running multiple instances of Windows VMs.Scalability Issues:On Windows 7 - I can run 2 VMs (I have a beefy Workstation with 2 quad core Xeon procs and two NVIDIA Quadro Cards as well as 16 GB RAM) It does not play well when there are more than 2 windows VMs running on top of a Windows host environment.Customer Service:I think support is an issue for VMware - they only offer support for this product once you purchase more than 10 licenses. This is a show-stopper for smaller organizations like us. We would like to pay for support the same way we do for the Vsphere licenses and have the ability to upgrade the product under support without an additional charge. This is really a big deal for us.Previous Solutions:I have used Virtual box and Hyper-V. VMware workstations is more powerful than either of these. You can create virtual networks to test things on, you can emulate an entire network with outside, inside, DMZ, servers, clients, (use GNS3 to create a virtual firewall) then test things prior to rollouts. You can also connect to Vcenter or to esxi hosts. You can upload servers and change settings, you can even add HDD's from your SAN to a VM from VMworkstation when that VM is powered offInitial Setup:Pretty simple - the network editor is the one you have to pay attention to if you are trying to setup multiple networks.Implementation Team:In houseROI:It paid for itself multiple times. Especially when we had to pull in older Windows 2003 servers for disk manipulation.Cost and Licensing Advice:Spendy - be prepared to buy multiple Windows OS's and to spend a couple hundred or more on the Workstation software. Look for a VMware sale if possible.Other Solutions Considered:Yes, virtual box and Hyper-v (comes with Windows 8 and 10 professional for free so you really don't need to buy Hyper-V) VMware is far more powerful than either of the free ones. No Network editor, the ability to copy and paste on the fly etc. is limited on the freebies.Other Advice:Use this to secure your Domain admin accounts - don't setup email, surf the web, or do anything outside of your internal network using your DA account. This product can help you immensely.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. March 23, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I have found this product excellent for test/dev environments. This is 90% of what I use this product for. Valuable Features:I have found this product excellent for test/dev environments. This is 90% of what I use this product for.Improvements to My Organization:Since I work with so many different customers, I deal with many operating systems and workstation configurations. When performing upgrades to servers, applications, windows, etc., I need to know the ramifications before we go live with production.Creating labs has been useful for my employees when working on certifications.I am also not a big fan of adding and removing software over and over on my laptop, so I use my VM's when I need a temporary application installed. It also keeps the clutter down, keeping my main tools fast and efficient.They also come in handy when cleaning infected thumb drives.Room for Improvement:I have had issues with the virtual network adapters in the past that has taken some time to troubleshoot.Use of Solution:I have been using this solution since version 6.Deployment Issues:Deployment is very straight forward.Stability Issues:I have encountered stability issues with the virtual networks and have had run into issue with copying or moving VMs. Usually these all work great 9 out of 10 times, but when it doesn't work right it become very time consuming to fix and troubleshoot.Scalability Issues:None thus far.Customer Service:8 out of 10. Good SR system to communicate through emails and phone support.Previous Solutions:NoInitial Setup:Setup is very easy.ROI:Using workstation saves money on big hardware using vSphere just for test/dev.Cost and Licensing Advice:The pricing is a bit steep in my opinion for testing and there are other options. None however that are so powerful and easy to use.Other Solutions Considered:NoDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. March 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by It allows the recreation of an entire network including multiple subnets, but the addition of a built-in virtual router would be good. Valuable Features:Network virtualisation allows the recreation of an entire network including multiple subnets, this is required to correctly recreate live deployment scenarios. It can interact with vSphere/Esxi to allow VMs to be moved directly into vSphere, or copied out and stood-up in Workstation; full support to import/export from OVF templates is also supported. This functionality has proved extremely beneficial in pre-staging supporting servers for DR recovery tests as well as testing system upgrades.Improvements to My Organization:It has given us the flexibility to recreate live server scenarios including the supporting networks and AD domain controllers; these are then used to test upgrades or migrations with no impact on the live servers or network. These actions can then be repeated on the live servers, or the upgraded test VM can simply replace the original server (depending on the service requirements and server role). This can be completed by transferring the test VM directly from Workstation to the ESXI host or vSphere environment. If the transfer is the preferred method, the original VM remains available as a failback.Room for Improvement:The addition of a built-in virtual router would be a good addition. Currently, I run my own virtual router in order to provide conectivity between virtual subnets.Use of Solution:I've been using it for several years; VMware Workstation since v6 (released in 2008). Initially, it was just for building test servers for training purposes, and versions 7, 8 and now 9 for creating test implementations of live server deployment scenarios, to assist in resolving live issues or to test change controls.Deployment Issues:There were no issues.Stability Issues:In v6, it was a 32bit environment with a maximum memory of 4Gb RAM. Therefore, this required a high level of swap out of RAM to disk in order to provide sufficient memory space to run VMs, this occasionally caused system crashes. Since v8 this has not been an issue.Scalability Issues:None, Workstation scales to 32Gb of RAM.Customer Service:No VMware support is provided with Workstation.Technical Support:No VMware technical support is available with VMware Workstation.Initial Setup:The initial set-up is straight forward, however, you need to ensure that virtualisation is switched on in the BIOS.ROI:Workstation is a one off licence payment.Other Advice:Make sure you have at least four cores available on an Intel i5 (i7 with eight cores recommended) a minimum of 8Gb RAM (32Gb recommended) and lots of internal storage (SSD preferable). Having a virtual SCSI SAN is also recommended if you wish to evaluate vSphere or Hyper-V deployments including shared storage for VM failover.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 16, 2015
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