Run a Second, Isolated Operating System on a Single PC with VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player allows you to run a second, isolated operating system on a single PC. With many uses ranging from a personal educational tool, to a business tool for providing a simplified experience to run a corporate desktop on a BYO device, Workstation Player leverages the VMware vSphere hypervisor to provide a simple yet mature and stable, local virtualization solution.

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WORKSTATION PLAYER DELIVERS

Simple but Powerful Virtualization

With nearly 20 years of active development, VMware Workstation Player builds from the same platform as VMware Workstation Pro and vSphere, making it one of the most mature and stable solutions for local desktop virtualization. Safely and easily run a second operating system as a virtual machine (VM) on a single PC without affecting your main desktop environment and without rebooting.

The Perfect Tool for Learning

The isolation and sandbox capabilities of VMware Workstation Player make it the perfect tool to help you learn about operating systems, applications and how they work. Being able to run a server environment on a desktop PC also allows you to explore software and application development in a “real world” environment without interfering with the host desktop.

Your Path to BYO

With VMware Workstation Player, you can isolate corporate desktops from BYO devices by disabling copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, shared folders and access to USB devices. Run restricted VMs that are encrypted and password-protected to ensure only authorized users can interact with corporate data. Or combine Workstation Player with Horizon FLEX to remotely manage the delivery and security policies of VMs.

A Secure and Isolated Environment

Run a secure second desktop with different privacy settings, tools and networking configurations to keep your host system safe and secure while browsing online.

USE CASES

Workstation Player is perfect for students, faculty, businesses and corporate users who need a small sandbox environment for testing or control. A simple user interface provides a streamlined approach and enables more focused use cases. 

Education 

Education

Today’s technology landscape is evolving at an incredible pace, and virtualization tools from VMware not only lead the pack but allow you to test this technology in a virtual sandbox on your existing PC. Students get a simple environment for exploring new operating systems, and faculty can distribute repeatable lab environments for classroom activity without the need for an internal cloud.

Business 

Business

VMware Workstation Player allows businesses to embrace BYO by providing a corporate desktop image that can run managed or unmanaged on an end user’s laptop or desktop PC. Users get easy access to corporate desktops and apps, while IT admins get the ability to centrally manage and enforce security policies when used with Horizon FLEX.

TECH SPECS

System Requirements

Systems using Processors (CPUs) launched in 2011 or later are supported except:

  • Intel Atom processors based on the 2011 “Bonnell”  micro-architecture (e.g. Atom Z670/Z650; Atom N570)
  • Systems using Intel Atom processors based on the 2012 “Saltwell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom S1200, Atom D2700/D2500, Atom N2800/N2600).
  • Systems using AMD processors based on the “Llano” and “Bobcat” micro-architectures (e.g. code-named “Hondo”, “Ontario”, “Zacate”, “Llano”)        

In addition the following are supported:

  • Systems using Intel processors based on the 2010 “Westmere” micro-architecture (e.g. Xeon 5600, Xeon 3600, Core i7-970, Core i7-980, Core i7-990)
  • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
  • 2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended

Host Operating Systems (64-bit)

  • Ubuntu 14.04 and above
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 & above
  • CentOS 6.0 and above
  • Oracle Linux 6.0 and above
  • openSUSE Leap 42.2 and above
  • SUSE Linux 12 and above

Guest Operating Systems

More than 200 operating systems are supported, including: 

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.X
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat
  • SUSE
  • Oracle Linux
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • openSUSE
  • Mint
  • CentOS

 For a complete list of supported host and guest operating systems visit the VMware Compatibility Guide.

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Workstation Player or Workstation Pro - Choose the Right Version for You

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General

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Create New VMs
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Create Large VMs (16CPU x 64GB RAM)
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Over 200 Supported Guest OSs
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Mass Deployment
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Host/Guest Integration

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Host/Guest File Sharing
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Run VMs with Different View Modes
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3D Graphics with DX10 and OpenGL 3.3 Support
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Device Support

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4K Display Support
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Support a Wide Range of Virtual Devices
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USB Smart Card Reader Support
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USB 3.0 Device Support
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Advanced Features

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Run Managed/Restricted Desktop
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Run Encrypted VM
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Drag-able Tabbed Interface
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Run Multiple VMs at Once
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Create/Manage Encrypted VM
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Snapshots
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Advanced Networking
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Virtual Machine Cloning
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Share Virtual Machine (Workstation Server)
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Connect to vSphere/ESXi Server
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Command Line Operation: vmrun
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New Features

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vCenter Server Appliance Effortless Deploy
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Remote vSphere Host Power Control
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Microsoft Virtualization Based Security (Guest) Support
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Virtual Trusted Platform Module
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Virtual Network Simulation (packet loss, latency)
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Virtual Network Rename
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UEFI Boot Support
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UEFI Secure Boot Support
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FAQS

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What is VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a desktop virtualization application that is available for free for personal use. A Commercial License can be applied to enable Workstation Player to run Restricted Virtual Machines created by VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro.

Can I still use VMware Workstation Player for free?

VMware Workstation Player is free for personal, non-commercial use (business and nonprofit use is considered commercial use). If you would like to learn about virtual machines or use them at home you are welcome to use VMware Workstation Player for free. Students and faculty of accredited educational institutions can use VMware Workstation Player for free if they are members of the VMware Academic Program.

Installation

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Can VMware Workstation Player be installed on the same machine with other VMware products?

No. VMware Workstation Player is not designed to co-install with other VMware products. If an installation of VMware Workstation Pro or VMware Server is detected on a machine where Workstation Player is being installed, the Workstation Player installation will display an error message and abort. However, if you purchase and install Workstation Pro, a version of Workstation Player that will work is included with your purchase.

What are the minimum PC requirements to install and use VMware Workstation Player?

For a typical host system, we recommend that you have a 1 GHz or faster 64-bit processor (2GHz recommended) and 2GB RAM minimum (4GB RAM recommended). You must have enough memory to run the 64-bit host operating system, plus the memory required for each guest operating system and for applications on the host and guest. See your guest operating system and application documentation for their memory requirements. VMware Player requires approximately 150MB of disk space to install the application. For more details on minimum PC requirements, see the VMware Player Documentation.

For more answers to frequently asked questions, check out the full Workstation Player FAQs.

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