VMware Workstation 12.5

Revolutionary development environment where you can also demonstrate ideas

  • Category:

    Operating Systems

  • Version:

    12.5

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows 2003 / Windows XP / Windows 2000

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
  • Vote:
    5.9 (158)
VMware Workstation 12.5
VMware Workstation 11.1.2.2780323

VMWare Workstation is a virtualization tool that lets you create and run virtual machines with their own independent operating system. It's one of the most popular programs in its category and has many advanced features, making it useful for both individual and business users.

Create and Run Virtual Machines Easily

When you create a virtual machine for the first time, VMWare Workstation is able to optimize the virtualization settings based on the operating system that you'll be using on it, such as Windows 7 or Ubuntu. You have the ability to fully customize the virtual hardware options, including the amount of RAM assigned to the virtual machine, hard disk space, network adapters types and more. When the virtual machine is running, it can be displayed in a window or in full screen mode depending on your preference.

Powerful VM Management Features

With VMWare Workstation, you can take screenshots and videos of the virtual machines you have running, which is a useful feature if you need to make tutorials that show how to perform certain tasks in a specific operating system or a program which runs on a platform different than the one of the host PC.

Once a virtual machine is created, you can save it so that it can be used on another computer running VMWare software. VMWare Workstation even lets you share your virtual machines across your local network.

Perfect for IT Professionals and Individual Users Alike

There are many reasons you might want to create a virtual PC with another operating system. Home users can use the program to run software which is only available on a different platform, such as Linux or an earlier version of Windows. Software developers and IT professionals often use virtual machines to test programs they create under different operating systems.

With VMWare Workstation, you can create as many virtual machines as you need and even run several of them at the same time. However, it's recommended that you have a PC with a powerful CPU and a large amount of RAM if you're going to use virtual machines with more modern operating systems like Windows 8 or 10, as the virtual machine performance can get sluggish otherwise. Also, unlike the free VMWare Player tool, VMWare Workstation is a limited trial. If you want to continue using its full features, you'll have to purchase the full version.

Pros

  • Supports almost every operating system.
  • Virtual machines can be saved or shared through the network.
  • Lots of customization options for the virtual machine's hardware.
  • Allows creating image snapshots and capturing video within the virtual machine.

Cons

  • Requires a powerful PC for optimal performance.
  • Paid version must be purchased to continue using all features after trial ends.

VMware Workstation enables users to access virtual machines from their personal computer without needing to physically access the computer. This allows for a wide range of cloud applications since users are free to connect to any remote workstation that enables a remote connection. This can be advantageous for users who want to access their work desktops from home or work on a server remotely. The software supports many operating systems that include Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows 8. Additionally, the software is compatible with 64-bit operating systems.

Wide Range of Users

VMware Workstation can be appropriate both for experienced and casual users alike. Businesses can use the software to allow their employees to work from home or collaborate remotely from around the world. Enterprises both large and small can therefore have access to these resources without needing to pay large amounts of money for these services. There have been millions of VMware users around the world since the software was originally released in 1999. Since then, the software has been routinely updated to support some of the latest advancements in cloud visualization technologies.

Shared Machines

When collaborating, a nice extra feature of VMware workstation is the ability to share machines. Sharing-enabled machines can have multiple simultaneous users to make it easier to collaborate. When using this mode, users can see both mice and control different screen elements independently. For example, one users could work use Excel on one side of the screen while the other user interacts with Word on the opposite side. Combined with cloud communications, this software can therefore enable users to effectively collaborate around the world.

Security

When this software was created, the developers were careful to include a wide range of security features. VMware Workstation supports encrypted VPN's so that users can be assured that their communications are safe and will not be intercepted by others. Additionally, users can dedicate specific ports to the software itself to prevent conflicts or packet sniffing. After being away for longer than the designated time, VMware Workstation can automatically log the user out. Since security concerns are often critical when working in the cloud, these features can give users extra peace-of-mind.

Many Operating Systems

Another great advantage of this latest iteration of VMware Workstation is that it supports many different operating systems. Most Windows systems, Linux, and even OS X is supported. Without needing to worry about operating system compatibility, users are free to deploy the software on almost any system around the world. As part of this functionality, the program is capable of automatically interacting with the operating system on the user's behalf to make usage easier.

Pros

  • Security features keep users safe.
  • Shared virtual machines for collaboration.
  • Easy to use both for experienced and inexperienced users alike.
  • Many operating systems supported.

Cons

  • Shared sessions must have the same language.
  • Latency issues unfortunately arise with internet communications.
  • Somewhat expensive for the full version.

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