VMware Workstation 12 and Player 12 released with full Windows 10 support

VMware has a track record of releasing a compatibile version of VMware Workstation soon after every major release of Windows. This year was no exception, just one month after Windows 10 became widely available. It's the last time too, with all future Windows releases delivered as incremental…

Aug 26 2015

VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 released

Yes, I run the very powerful and efficient ESXi 5.5 in my home lab. Yes, the dirty little secret is that Windows 7 Pro has no multi-monitor support via RDP sessions, so I cannot run it on my distant ESXi host, and expect to be able to use my triple monitors. So when it comes to my "daily…

Dec 2 2014

Extend VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014 license until VMware Workstation 11 is GA

Here's my scenario. I already owned VMware Workstation 10. But when the beta for 11 came along in July, known as VMware Workstation Technology Preview July 2014, it piqued my interest, as I really wanted to see if I could help prevent the GA product from having the same triple monitor support bugs…

Oct 27 2014

How to disable debug mode in VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014 for a serious speed boost

Click here to jump ahead to the simple tweak What's New in VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2014 Experimental performance tuning for VM suspend and resume - In this Technology Preview release, you can enable an experimental performance tuning specifically improve the VM suspend and resume…

Jul 11 2014

How to resolve "This virtual machine appears to be in use" error in VMware Workstation

Way back in 2008, Jason asks the VMware Community this question: Greetings...  Recently I experienced a power failure at my office when I was running two different virtual machines.  Upon restarting, I am unable to connect to the machines as VMWare tells me "This virutal machine appears to…

Apr 7 2014

Preallocating storage is a good idea for VMs with encrypted virtual drives, thin provisioning is not

So, let's step back and think about this. When configuring a new Virtual Machine under VMware Player, Workstation, or ESXi, you are faced with the question of what size you want your virtual drive to be. The size of the C: drive that your guest operating system will "see," once it formats…

Feb 12 2014

VMware Workstation 10 / Player 6 run Windows 8.1 just fine, here’s how to make the VM even friendlier

Today, Microsoft pleasantly surprised the world by getting Windows 8.1 out to current MSDN and TechNet subscribers, early than expected. Excellent, I'm ready, with VMware ESXi 5.5 (likely the GA code) already running in my home lab. Of course, I just had to see how the hypervisor and this shiny new…

Sep 9 2013

VMware Workstation 10 is feature rich, but you might be fine with the free VMware Player 6 Plus

Today marks the release of a new revision of VMware Workstation. This family of products is now in its 13th year, and I have quite the library of VMs built up over that period of time. Most of my VMs have been moved to my dedicated-for-virtualization vZilla Core i7 that's running ESXi 5.5 24x7,…

Sep 4 2013

VMware Workstation 9 released August 23 2012, but you might be fine with the free version, VMware Player 5

Today marks the release of a new revision of VMware Workstation 9. This family of products is now in its 12th year, and I have quite the library of VMs built up over that period of time. For far more detail and explanation, see also: VMware Player is a free way to play with VMs Posted by Paul…

Aug 23 2012

VMware Player is a free way to play with VMs

Long ago, VMware Player had considerably limitations, such as being able to "Play" existing VMs but not easily create them, I think a lot of folks went elsewhere for virtualization, never to return. Like Sun VirtualBox, for example, detailed head-to-head (based on older version) found…

Jan 1 2012