VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation 17.5 is a widely renowned virtualization software developed by VMware Inc. Workstation provides a desktop virtualization solution designed for Windows users. It can significantly alter the way virtual machines are operated, proving to be extremely useful for developers.

Key New Features in VMware Workstation Pro

Support for Windows 10 and Beyond: Workstation 16 Pro is the best way to evaluate, test, and experience Windows 10 with your existing Windows and Linux computers. With just a few simple steps, users can easily install Windows 10 on a virtual machine from a disk or ISO file using the Workstation Virtual Machines Wizard. With this software, users can easily utilize new features such as the virtual assistant Cortana, the digital pen on the Edge browser, or even begin building Universal Apps for Windows 10 devices. You can even summon Cortana to open VMware Workstation directly within Windows 10.

Ready to Support the Latest Hardware: The software helps you leverage the latest Intel tablets with virtual tablet sensors. Using a Microsoft Surface tablet with accelerometers, gyroscope, compass, and virtual light sensor allows applications to run on virtual machines while still responding to interactions like movement, rotation, or shaking of the tablet. VMware Workstation 16 Pro also supports the latest 64-bit x86 processors from Intel, including Broadwell and Haswell, to provide the best performance.

Improved Operational Performance

Powerful 3D Graphics Display: VMware Workstation 16 supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, providing an interactive and smooth working experience when running 3D applications. You can access any DirectX 10-required application such as Microsoft’s Power Map for Excel, allowing data visualization. Additionally, the software helps run high-demanding 3D software like AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS on virtual machines more easily.

Create Powerful Virtual Machines: With VMware Workstation 16 Pro, users can create highly powerful virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB virtual disks, and 64GB of memory to run software or server applications that require high resources within a virtual environment. High graphics applications are also better supported with Video RAM up to 2GB.

Improved Connectivity: Workstation 16 Pro leverages the latest hardware, supporting HD Audio with a 7.1 sound system, USB 3.0 ports, and Bluetooth devices, making it easy for you to connect webcams, headsets, or printers to virtual machines. Workstation 16 Pro now supports USB 3.0 in Windows 7 alongside Windows 8 to provide super-fast file sharing with external storage devices. Additionally, the software improves its ability to work with Skype or Lync calls within virtual machines, providing the best call quality.

High-Resolution Display: VMware Workstation 16 Pro is optimized to support 4K HUD (3850×2160) display on Desktop and QHD+ (3200×1800) on x86 laptops and tablets, providing an extremely detailed user experience. The software also supports multi-monitor displays with different DPI settings, allowing you to run new 4K HD displays alongside older 1080p displays.

Build Virtual Networking: With improved IPv6 support, including IPx6-to-IPv4 Network Address Translation (6to4 and 4to6), users can create highly complex network connectivity structures. Adding or removing virtual IPv4 or IPv6 and creating new virtual network settings is ideal for testing and simulating new environments without affecting existing computer settings.

User Interface: VMware Workstation allows users to easily control how virtual machines are set up and interacted with on PC or in the cloud. Workstation’s user interface brings simple menus, thumbnail icons, tabs, setup screens, and virtual machine libraries along with quick search capabilities, making it easy for you to view and access virtual machines. Users can create a workspace with multiple virtual machines with this software.

Set Expiration Time for Virtual Machines: For short-term project workers, temporary employees, or when needing to evaluate software in the short term, users can create limited virtual machines – expiring after a predefined time. Virtual machines will query the server at predefined intervals, storing the current system time in the virtual machine’s file as a timestamp. Limited virtual machines will automatically stop and will not start until intervened by the administrator.

Leverage for vSphere and vCloud Air: The latest VMware Player connects to VMware vSphere and vCloud Air services, allowing you to extend virtual machines to the cloud. Working with virtual machines hosted by servers and local hosts brings flexibility and utilizes larger resources than those of a single computer. You can drag and drop virtual machines between PC and vSphere-running cloud, ESXi, or other Workstation objects. Connect to vCloud Air and upload, run, and view virtual machines right within the Workstation 16 Pro interface. You can even power on, off, suspend, restart virtual machines, saving steps and time.

Protect Work and Save Time: Snapshot feature helps preserve the state of virtual machines so you can revert back at any time. Easily copy virtual machines with the clone feature also allows users to create unlimited copies of virtual machines right within the base setup and settings. Linked clones are even a faster, easier, and more efficient way to copy complex setups for demo testing. These clones share a virtual disk with the original virtual machine and occupy less storage space on the drive than full clones.

Run Restricted Virtual Machines: Create and control settings on virtual machines and deliver applications to end users in restricted virtual machine containers. You can protect content by limiting access rights to virtual machines such as drag-and-drop, copy, paste, USB connections. Additionally, virtual machines can be encrypted and protected with a password to ensure unauthorized users cannot interfere with enterprise virtual machine settings. Workstation Pro improves the performance of encrypted virtual machines during suspended operation and continues to operate at a 3x speed increase over the previous version.

Cross-Compatible Virtual Machines: Workstation Pro brings compatibility with VMware products and different platforms. With this software, you can create virtual machines to run on multiple VMware products and create virtual machines for use in Horizon FLEX, Fusion Pro, and VMware Player.

Key Features of VMware Workstation Virtual Machine Creation

  • Virtual machines for Windows and Linux computers
  • Copy server, desktop, tablet environments into virtual machines.
  • Run applications on multiple operating systems without rebooting.
  • Evaluate operating systems like Windows 10, test software, applications, patches, and references in separate and secure environments.

Create Powerful Virtual Machines

  • Allocate multiple processor cores, GB of RAM, and graphics memory to each server, maximizing computer resources and running high-demand applications in a virtual environment.
  • Allows running ESXi host and vSphere, creating Software Defined Data Center right on the computer
  • From PC to cloud
  • Access all the virtual machines you need, whether using them locally on your PC or in the cloud. Simply drag and drop to move virtual machines from PC to personal cloud with VMware vSphere or shared cloud with vCloud Air.
  • By using hybrid cloud, you can quickly take your work to multiple places, reducing complexity while maintaining compatibility.

Control Your Virtual Machines

  • Workstation Pro provides technology experts with the ability to control how virtual machines are set up and interacted with. Options for setup, protection, connection, sharing, viewing virtual machines to save time.
  • Create encrypted, password-protected virtual machines with expiration times.
  • Use virtual network editor tools to build up to 20 virtual connection networks.
  • Snapshot feature helps preserve the state of virtual machines for future rollback.

Share Virtual Machines

  • Sharing virtual machines is the quickest way to share and test applications with team members.
  • Run VMware Workstation Pro as a server to share a repository of favorite virtual machines.
  • VMware Workstation is designed for
    • IT professionals to test system deployment, upgrade systems in a free environment.
    • System engineers and technology experts to simulate virtual connection environments – including clients, servers, and virtual databases – right on one computer.
    • Software developers rely on Workstation Pro and its integration with Visual Studio, Eclipse, and other tools to develop, debug applications in multiple environments and operating systems.

System Requirements

  • Intel x86 64-bit Duo Core or equivalent, AMD Athlon 64 FX Dual Core.
  • 1.3GHz or higher.
  • Minimum 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended).
  • Note that the software only supports 64-bit computers.
  • Host operating system: Windows 7, 8, Server 2015, Server 2008, Ubuntu 8.04 or later, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 or later, CentOS 5.0 or later, Oracle Linux 5.0 or later, open SUSE 10.2 or later, SUSE Linux 10 or later.
  • Guest operating system: Windows 8, 8.x, 10. Windows XP, Ubuntu, RedHat, SUSE, Oracle Linux, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Mint, CentOS, Solaris, FreeBSD, and many other Linux kernels.

What’s New in VMware Workstation 17 Pro

  • Automated Virtual Machine Startup
    • Now you can configure local virtual machines to start automatically when the host boots.
  • Support for New Guest Operating Systems
    • Microsoft Windows 11
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2022
    • RHEL 9
    • Debian 11.x
    • Ubuntu 22.04
  • New Trusted Platform Module 2.0
    • Workstation Pro now offers the Virtual Trusted Platform Module (version 2.0) to support Windows 11 and other operating systems requiring TPM.
  • New Fast or Full Encryption Features
    • You can now choose between security (Full) and performance (Fast) options for encryption.
  • Improved Graphics Support: OpenGL 4.3
    • Workstation Pro now supports OpenGL 4.3 for virtual machines.
  • Guest Operating System Requirements
    • Windows 7 or later
    • Linux with Mesa 22.0.0 and Linux kernel 5.16.0
  • WDDM 1.2 Support
    • Workstation Pro now supports WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) version 1.2 for virtual machines.
  • Resolved Issues
    • USBarbitrator64.exe on the Server has issues when searching for Bluetooth devices inside guest virtual machines.
    • Unable to open multiple virtual machines simultaneously.
    • For 64-bit Fedora guest operating systems, you cannot specify firmware.
    • Blurry images appear in the Microsoft Edge browser.
  • Security Issues
    • OpenSSL has been updated to 1.1.1q.
    • Python has been updated to 3.10.4.
    • Libgcrypt has been updated to 1.10.0.
    • zlib has been updated to 1.2.12.
    • Expat has been updated to 2.4.9.

Installation and Upgrade Guide for VMware Workstation Pro

  • Run the setup file
  • Accept the license agreement
  • Activate Enhanced Keyboard Driver
  • Users can optionally set up Workstation to check for product updates at startup as well as participate in CEIP
  • Option to create Workstation shortcut on Desktop or Start menu
  • Press Upgrade to begin the upgrade process
  • A screen displays detailed upgrade stages
  • If you have a valid license, press the License button and enter it. If not, press Finish to use the trial for 30 days.

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