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VMware Player is the #10 ranked solution in top Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) tools. PeerSpot users give VMware Player an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. VMware Player is most commonly compared to VMware Fusion: VMware Player vs VMware Fusion. VMware Player is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 61% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 22% of all views.
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What is VMware Player?

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.

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ICT Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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Simple to set up, user-friendly, and makes building test environments easy
Pros and Cons
  • "It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player."
  • "The tool has limited scalability."

What is our primary use case?

It's a VDI.

We have some virtual machines for testing purposes. The machines are our VMware. I don't remember the version. We use VMware Player to create a tester environment.

What is most valuable?

It's really easy to build testing environments with VMware Player. The solution is very user-friendly.

The package is similar to when you build other virtual machines. With this, you have to have everything in the package.

It’s the type of solution that is pretty simple to set up.

What needs improvement?

It’s not really lacking any features. It has everything a company would need.

For maybe the web component that you need to deploy, you do requires a web server or something like that.

The tool has limited scalability.

For how long have I used the solution?

I’ve used the solution for one year, more or less.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been very good. We have no real complaints in that regard. There are no bugs or glitches, and it doesn’t crash or freeze. It’s very reliable. The performance is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The tool is really small. The scalability is therefore limited.

We only have two or three people using the solution right now. They are administrators and software developers.

How are customer service and support?

We have local support from our providers. We do not directly deal with VMware if issues arise. Therefore, I can’t speak to their customer service capabilities.

How was the initial setup?

It’s not difficult to set up. It’s very, very straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

We’re just customers and end-users.

It's a great product that we would advise others to implement it.

I’d rate the solution nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Akos Dora - PeerSpot reviewer
Lv 2 Windows Specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
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Runs different OS's simultaneously but has some issues with stability
Pros and Cons
  • "VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously."
  • "VMware Player isn't downgradable, so if you have a later set of VMs, you need to upgrade it or figure out a workaround."

What is our primary use case?

I mainly use VMware Player to test things in my home lab.

What is most valuable?

VMware Player's best feature is the ability to run different OS's simultaneously.

What needs improvement?

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 licenses to avoid this situation. I would also like VMware Player to include built-in interactive help.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using VMware Player for a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

VMware Player is mostly stable, but occasionally we get freezing and unexpected behavior when doing bigger upgrades.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used Oracle VM, but VMware Player is more user-friendly.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was easy, and deployment took around an hour and a half.

What about the implementation team?

I used an in-house team.

What other advice do I have?

If you have a big environment with thousands of servers, VMware Player can have problems, and migrations can be extremely slow. But if you have a small-to-middle-sized environment, VMware Player is a good choice. I would rate VMware Player as seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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