2021-03-16T08:55:27Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What needs improvement with VMware Workstation?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with VMware Workstation.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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WG
Owner at Secacon Gygli Engineering LLC
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2022-10-25T13:59:24Z
Oct 25, 2022

VMware Workstation could improve the export and import of virtual machines.

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Alexander Lavrinovich - PeerSpot reviewer
IT consultant at Soeldner consult gmbh
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2022-09-05T14:54:07Z
Sep 5, 2022

It could have more platforms and CPUs.

KV
Solutions Architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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2022-07-26T06:08:44Z
Jul 26, 2022

The price of VMware solutions could improve.

Pallab Kumar Chanda - PeerSpot reviewer
Key Account Sales Manager at VFM Systems And Services
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2022-05-30T13:37:24Z
May 30, 2022

The GUI interface could be improved. My customer says that you have to be trained to use it. For someone who isn't a VMware expert, a simpler user interface would help.

AG
Chief Technical Officer at a construction company with 51-200 employees
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2022-02-23T13:18:00Z
Feb 23, 2022

The interface is a little wonky and needs to be improved. Honestly, the biggest problem with VMware is not with their interface, as much as their support for the interface. In order for a virtual machine to run on your system, you have to set the hardware up correctly. If it's an AMD, you need to have virtualization enabled on the CPU. That means going into the BIOS and making sure that your VX is set if it's Intel, or an AMDV is enabled. But, you don't actually find that on an AMD. Rather, you have to go to the SPV and check the box that's there. It would behoove VMware as a company to have better documentation that shows people how to do all of this setup. It wasn't too big of a deal for me to figure it out because I've been working with it, but I could imagine that someone who's not familiar with the BIOS and not familiar with SPV could get into a lot of trouble just to set it up for virtualization. That's unfortunate. I'm not saying they should make the interface overly simple to use. I'm just saying that they should make their documentation easy to access for the stuff that you need. Specifically, if you're in an area of the application, it should have an information link that goes into detail and sub-detail at that point. That would be good. I understand the segmentation of different markets that they're trying to achieve in terms of sales, but it would be really nice if they just enabled you to scale. You're limited to a certain number of threads as it is now. It might be 32 threads or 32 CPUs max on VMware Workstation. ESXi can go to 128 or even 700-and-something if you scale it up to vSphere. However, it would be nice if someone purchased VMware and then was able to add those feature sets onto it. That's how their software's actually built. It's all VMware Workstation, yet depending on the configuration and how much you pay, some can allocate 738 CPUs and other ones can only do 32.

DT
Senior Micro Solutions Engineer at Mobexpert
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2021-11-13T00:49:06Z
Nov 13, 2021

I would like to see the stability improve. We have experienced some crashes on our devices. The configuration could be simplified. I would want to see features included that make deployment easier.

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JR
Engineering Applications Analyst at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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2021-10-21T19:50:32Z
Oct 21, 2021

For our needs, the issue is that there is no way to take an existing system out of the testing environment, clone it with everything that it's currently set up on, and put it into production without having to create a whole new one. It lacks the ability to clone the environment so you have your test environment set up in the way it's going to be used in production. Rather than create a whole other environment, the idea would be to clone that capability onto another system and not have to start over from scratch. You have everything working the way you want it to and you just want to move it over to the production side of things.

Darshil Sanghvi - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
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2021-06-20T10:12:38Z
Jun 20, 2021

I think that performance could be improved by making it more effective and less resource consuming. It's a little clunky.

EC
Database Administrator at a government with 1-10 employees
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2021-03-16T08:55:27Z
Mar 16, 2021

The price should be reduced. Visio stencils must be made available for technical documentation.

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Dec 15, 2021
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Syed Abid Hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Snr. Infrastructure Architect (Data Centre) at DHA
Nov 23, 2021
Both are VMWare products. simply v-sphere is a hypervisor Tier-1 technology stack VMWare workstation is a desktop release installed on windows or Linux OS if your requirement is limited need few VMs for testing purpose you can go for Workstation. but if you need production VMs you need a separate independent hardware server for v-sphere esxi hypervisor. 
Nov 24, 2021
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 work before we put it into production. VM Workstation can also give us an idea of the issues we can anticipate and how best to address them. This solution is also great at creating labs for our team when working on certifications. VM Workstation can be a bit clunky, though. There is a lot of resource consumption and the overall performance could be a bit more effective. Visio stencil for technical documentation would be a nice improvement. This solution is relatively expensive.. VMware vSphere is very good from a recoverability point of view; everything can be stored much easier on a virtual server than a physical one. VMware vSphere is very good with memory sharing between VMs and CPU scheduling between VMs. The command-line tools integrate well with Microsoft products, so it’s easy to manipulate them. VMware vSphere is very stable and very scalable. The initial setup with VMware vSphere can be a bit complex. You need to have a good understanding of VMware. This solution does not permit hard partitioning. We found there were occasional bugs and errors and that the HTML5 is not up to par. The pricing and licensing options can get expensive. Conclusion: The two solutions are both VMware and perform amazingly. They are dependable and very reliable. VM vSphere is a hypervisor and is created for large-scale production. VM Workstation is best as a test environment, although many choose to use VM Workstation in front of VM vSphere and migrate test projects, results, and data documentation to VM vSphere.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Oct 25, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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JR
Engineering Applications Analyst at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 21, 2021
We use VMware for virtual cluster of servers, but I believe we bought Workstation outright once. It's pretty low in cost, so if we need multiple copies, we usually buy a handful. I've actually insisted that we go that route for some of the software groups that we have so they can test various environments without having to use another system.
DT
Senior Micro Solutions Engineer at Mobexpert
Nov 13, 2021
Licensing costs are paid on a yearly basis.
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