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We performed a comparison between VMware Player and VMware Workstation based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed VMware Player vs. VMware Workstation Report (Updated: November 2022).
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"It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player.""VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously."

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"Great at solving connection problems.""The most valuable features of VMware Workstation are the DirectX support, you can run Microsoft Hyper-V in virtual environments which is good for me to test different installations. Additionally, you can set up different VLANs, and overall it is a complete solution.""Because the setup is so easy, this is a solution that can be used at a moment's notice.""The most valuable feature of the VMware Workstation is the ease to create a development environment. When you have different ongoing developments, you often need to create a lot of different development environments. With this workstation solution, you can have a development environment for all the things you develop.""I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.""It will not harm any of the computer settings to run a specific program. For example, if a program needs a specific security policy, we don't have to use the shared configuration. We have an individual copy of Windows installed on the virtual machine, so anybody can access that. It helps us a lot.""Technical support is very good.""The most valuable features of the VMware Workstation solutions are the ESXi and vCenter."

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"The tool has limited scalability.""VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround."

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"Lacks the ability to clone onto another system rather than starting from scratch.""The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved.""I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.""My experience with Workstation is limited, so I don't know all the functionalities of this tool. Maybe Workstation could add some more compatibility with other vendors.""The price should be reduced.""The GUI interface could be improved.""VMware Workstation could improve the export and import of virtual machines.""They could add more integration between them, and compatibility with the standard virtualization format."

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  • "Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis."
  • "The licensing costs are cheap. I pay approximately $100 per year."
  • "The cost differs depending on the customer's requirement."
  • "VMware Workstation has a high price than competitors in the market."
  • "With a VDI solution, there is always extra cost running a VDI solution but it's not for cost purposes anymore. In the beginning, it was to save money on hardware but at the moment it's other aspects that are more important why you should use a VDI solution."
  • "Licensing fees are paid on an annual basis."
  • "The price of the solution per workstation is approximately 200 Francs annually. We pay a total of 800 francs. Everything is included in the price such as the support."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously.
    Top Answer:VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround. It would be an improvement if there were some kind of mixture between the… more »
    Top Answer:I mainly use VMware Player to test things in my home lab.
    Top Answer:VM Workstation’s setup is so easy, you can use it almost instantly, it works well with Windows and Linux. We like VM Workstation primarily to test environments to determine how well a solution will… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of the VMware Workstation is the ease to create a development environment. When you have different ongoing developments, you often need to create a lot of different… more »
    Top Answer:VMware Workstation could improve the export and import of virtual machines.
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    VMware Player, or VMware Player Plus, is described by VMware as the easiest way to run a virtual machine on Windows or Linux PCs in a commercial environment. If you want to deliver a managed desktop to your employees, customers, students, contractors, or partners, then this virtual desktop solution is the way to go.

    VMware Player provides the most advanced virtualization platform available, which is capable of supporting even extremely demanding applications. Even though the platform is so advanced, the user interface is simple and easy-to-use.

    There is seamless integration with Windows XP and Windows XP applications even if the machine itself is a Windows 7 PC, a Windows 8 PC, or even Linux-based. It also gives your IT person the capability of restricting the virtual machines by requiring runtime passwords, adding an expiration date, blocking USB devices, or encrypting the machines. By using VMware vCenter Converter, VMware Player can even convert old machines into virtual machines without you needing to re-configure or re-install any applications.

    VMware Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Construction Company15%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise11%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business55%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise27%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    VMware Player vs. VMware Workstation
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about VMware Player vs. VMware Workstation and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    VMware Player is ranked 10th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 2 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 1st in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 14 reviews. VMware Player is rated 8.0, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of VMware Player writes "Simple to set up, user-friendly, and makes building test environments easy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Workstation writes "Easy to use, powerful virtualization capabilities, and good performance". VMware Player is most compared with VMware Fusion, VMware Horizon, Parallels Desktop, VMware Horizon View and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, KVM, Oracle VM VirtualBox and VMware Horizon View. See our VMware Player vs. VMware Workstation report.

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