VMware Workstation Comments

Still #1 for me

Positive Comment by nowshad78
about VMware Workstation and VirtualBox Feb 2016

I've been using VMware for almost two years now for testing and several other things. So far, it has worked wonders on me. It is powerful, fast and efficient at getting the job done, and saves me from botching up my own computer while I run tests and download new programs. The cost might dissaude a lot of people from using it but the performance is far superior. Tried Virtual box but found it to be less intuitive and made my computer's performance decrease a bit and get laggy.

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Not available on the mac…

Comment by adamlogan
about VMware Workstation Oct 2015

I suppose what virtual machine software is best to use depends a lot on what your host OS is and your objective. As a casual home user, on the mac, VMWare Workstation isn't even available whereas Virtualbox is cross platform beinv available on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Virtualbox works like a dream on mac osx. The one glaring thing it doesn't excel at yet is OSX guests (on a mac host), but I think it's around the corner. Waiting for guest additions to work for 10.11 El Capitan, once that's in there things will be pretty effin sweet. I especially appreciate being able to mount host devices in the guest machine (like usb, bluetooth accesories etc).

If you're on Windows or Linux, IDK, maybe VMWareWorkstation would be worth the cash, although I don't know why, I've not found virtualbox to be lacking. Although I shudder to think of trying to use the command line tools with Virtualbox in a Windows host environment (which is sometimes neccesary to resize or shrink disks) with CYGWIN or something, yuck.

For a first time home user I'd definitely get started with virtualbox, it's a very complete software considering it's free. I think enterprise would pay for expert support maybe.

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Crashing lately

Comment by DamianN
about VMware Workstation and VirtualBox Mar 2015

I prefer it to Virtualbox, much easier to use and user friendly but I find v11.0 to be crashing and lagging a lot lately.

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Yes, free is always good but not necessarily better. It all ...

Comment by OSienna
about VMware Workstation Jun 2011

Yes, free is always good but not necessarily better. It all depends on what you want to do with virtual machines and whether the product provides you with the mandatory features that you seek. VMware Workstation is geared towards developers, testers, trainers and people who just want to tinker with operating systems and environments.

Considering all the additional features you get over other alternatives, $189 (heaps cheaper for students, educational institutions etc) may not be a lot of outlay if it saves you time and effort.

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The information of zzzcrash "VB guest OSs can only use one ...

Comment by em4020
about VMware Workstation Jun 2011

The information of zzzcrash "VB guest OSs can only use one processor" is wrong:
If you configure a Virtual Box VM you can choose much more than one processor, see the screenshot in http://alternativeto.net/desktop/virtualbox and the help information of the VirtualBox:
"Starting with version 3.0, VirtualBox supports symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) and can present up to 32 virtual CPU cores to each virtual machine. You should not, however, configure virtual machines to use more CPU cores than you have available physically."
I know both VMware Player and Sun VirtualBox, but Virtual Box is in my opinion more user-friendly than VMware Player.
In comparison Virtualbox has the advantage of its many languages, better commented configuration, quicker installation and quicker running of guest OS's and its applications, see http://ww1.4hf.de/2008/08/virtualisierung-desktop-virtualisierung-im-vergleich.html .
Additional VMware Player requires 3.5 times as much space on the hard disk as Sun VirtualBox:
VMware Player 361 MB, Sun VirtualBox only 102 MB, see http://screencast.com/t/YjY0ODdkNW

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Tough to give VMWare the edge over Virtualbox, considering ...

Comment by zzzcrash
about VMware Workstation Jun 2011

Tough to give VMWare the edge over Virtualbox, considering that VMWare costs money, but there's no doubt that VMWare is better. Guest OSs can utilize my dual-processor (VB guest OSs can only use one), and I think it's a little more user-friendly. Virtualbox is a great free alternative, though: wouldn't shell out the money for VMWare unless the difference between the two is that important to you.

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No doubts Virtual box (SunMicrosystem develeloped) is the b ...

Comment by danny0085
about VMware Workstation Jun 2011

No doubts Virtual box (SunMicrosystem develeloped) is the best alternative to VMware here you can try the latest version

tips-linux.net/en/content/virtual-box

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No comments. VMware is just the #1 virtualization platform ...

Comment by denisab85
about VMware Workstation Jun 2011

No comments. VMware is just the #1 virtualization platform both in the Linux & Windows worlds.

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