5 Things You Can Do with VMware Workstation 7

VMware Workstation is a desktop application that allows you to run multiple x86-compatible desktop and server operating systems at the same time on a single PC, in fully networked, portable virtual machines with no rebooting or hard drive partitioning required.

VMware Workstation
VMware Workstation

1. INSTALL MULTIPLE OPERATING SYSTEMS

VMware Workstation allows you to install multiple operating systems on a single PC. The guess operating systems supported by VMware include Windows (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux (32-bit and 64-bit), Novell Netware 32-bit, Novell Open Enterprise Server 32-bit, FreeBSD (32-bit and 64-bit), and Sun (32-bit and 64-bit). This is especially helpful when you are using a different operating system but wanted to learn new operating systems without going through a dual-boot installation.

2. TESTINGS AND DEPLOYMENTS

If you are getting ready to deploy new software, VMware allows you to test it in a virtual environment from the domain level down to the workstations. This will save you from headaches in case the new software had bugs or compatibility issues with your existing infrastructure.

3. MULTIPLE POINT-IN-TIME SNAPSHOTS

A great thing about virtual machine is you can do almost everything, even mess it up, but then you have nothing to worry because you can easily create a new virtual machine in a matter of seconds. The snapshot capability makes it even more exciting. Take a snapshot of the current state before you do something and if you mess up, you can revert back to the previous state of the virtual machine. You can take multiple snapshots of different states which allow you to go back to any point in your virtual machine.

4. CLONE, MOVE, AND SHARE VIRTUAL MACHINES

VMware allows you to clone a virtual machine fast and easy which saves you from spending time on another installation process. You can even create a virtual machine from a snapshot you had taken. Moving virtual machines from one host to another or even to a host with a different operating system is also seamless. Relocate virtual machines files to a directory accessible to other users and you will be able to share virtual machines. This flexibility offered by virtualization also aids in learning since you can create demo complex or multi-tier configurations on a single laptop.

5. MIMIC NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

With VMware, you do not need to have multiple computers to be able to setup or mimic simple to complex network configuration. This helps a lot when you are trying to understand how it works or considering expansion without doing the change live on the actual network. You can create teams of virtual machines to simulate client/server technology or any type of development environment.


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lancelonie 6 years ago

That's a cool software, dude! Thanks for the 411. :)


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Judith 20 months ago

Just what the doctor orreedd, thankity you!


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Alex 20 months ago

that to me few months back. Though viusres & spyware are a real threat in Windows 2008 Hyper-V. We had 10 Windows 2008 Server core servers running Hyper-V. They had been running around 100 production virtual machines for the past 2 and half months beautifully. We were very happy with it as we did not have to pay for it due to the fact plenty of the virtual machines are running Windows 2008 & we had Microsoft Premium support in place. The problem that came up 10 days ago, one virus were able to hit our Windows 2008 Server core servers & render them useless with automatic restart every few minutes. We had antigen in place, but somehow the virus were able to render that useless as well. Though after a hard work for 12 hours with MS Support engineers online we were able to bring our infrastructure back from backup. Though that was 12 hours unplanned downtime (not too long for bringing 100 machines back if compared to physical machines, but still a full setup is down for that long is madness), which our management is not accepting and to be honest it risked our jobs for a moment. If it happen again, then you should expect to see my CV. I believe MS Hyper-V is a beautiful product, though a special kernel not running windows & not being affected by viusres will be great. I am sure VMware & Xen are still affected by some threats , but they are totally immune against viusres, spyware, & trojans. In addition, it seems VMware reduced size version is even had the smallest surface attack. To be honest our management at the moment is considering if VMware cost is reasonable for at least critical virtual machines to avoid further downtime. Please don't get me wrong, I really like Hyper-V & agree being free for Microsoft Shops like us is great. Though the virus scenario we had, I can call it a disaster and would be scared of it being repeated. We are considering a change of anti-virus solution as well. If you are going the Hyper-V route, then get my 2 cents advice of securing your Domain 0 machine as much as possible. Don't connect it to internet. Keep it updated. Ensure that your antivirus solution is the best that you can get. Maybe even put your critical virtual machines on VMware or Xen & the rest on Hyper-V if that is affordable.Good luck & I appreciate ITComparison pointing the security point into their comparison. Its good to have people warned before hand. Although I might still disagree with them on few other points, I will rather e-mail that to them directly.

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