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Windows 7: VMWare Station vs. Player

06 May 2011   #1
jettj12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
VMWare Station vs. Player

My friend gave me his computer, and it had VMware station on it, according to him. I went on and I found VMWare Player and Station. Which one would be best to use?


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06 May 2011   #2
brady

 

What are you trying to do with the VM? Player is just a 'player'. No VM modifications made through Player.
Station can modify the VM as well as launch/run the VM.
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06 May 2011   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
What are you trying to do with the VM? Player is just a 'player'. No VM modifications made through Player.
This is incorrect. This "used" to be the way that VMWare Player worked, but VMWare changed this behavior with version 3.0 around a year ago and you can now create, modify, change VM's all you want.


VMware Workstation is the paid for product. It's more sophisticated than VMWare Player. The latest version of Workstation is $189. it allows more functionality like multiple network configurations on the host, snapshot capabilities on the VM's, etc

Personally if I had a paid for copy of Workstation, that is what I would use. But I've evaluated my needs and determined that I don't have a need to pay $189 for what I need from a VM at home. And I use their enterprise products at work, so I do understand the functionality that I don't have.
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06 May 2011   #4
Darician

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it already has Workstation loaded on it, I would say use Workstation as it has more features than the Player.
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06 May 2011   #5
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
What are you trying to do with the VM? Player is just a 'player'. No VM modifications made through Player.
This is incorrect. This "used" to be the way that VMWare Player worked, but VMWare changed this behavior with version 3.0 around a year ago and you can now create, modify, change VM's all you want.


VMware Workstation is the paid for product. It's more sophisticated than VMWare Player. The latest version of Workstation is $189. it allows more functionality like multiple network configurations on the host, snapshot capabilities on the VM's, etc

Personally if I had a paid for copy of Workstation, that is what I would use. But I've evaluated my needs and determined that I don't have a need to pay $189 for what I need from a VM at home. And I use their enterprise products at work, so I do understand the functionality that I don't have.
This is correct. player now has the facilities to create and modify VMs. It doesn't quite have all the facilities of VirtualBox, snapshots in particular, but is better integrated with windows.
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06 May 2011   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
This is correct. player now has the facilities to create and modify VMs. It doesn't quite have all the facilities of VirtualBox, snapshots in particular, but is better integrated with windows.
While it misses some features like snapshots, vmware player offers other features that virtualbox doesn't like the ability to import and use XP Mode, vmware player offers "easy install" mode...which is well, easy, and vmware player has full Windows aero support. So, they both offer features and functions that make them unique and valuable.
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06 May 2011   #7
kado897

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That's why I will use both.
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07 May 2011   #8
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
This is correct. player now has the facilities to create and modify VMs. It doesn't quite have all the facilities of VirtualBox, snapshots in particular, but is better integrated with windows.
While it misses some features like snapshots, vmware player offers other features that virtualbox doesn't like the ability to import and use XP Mode, vmware player offers "easy install" mode...which is well, easy, and vmware player has full Windows aero support. So, they both offer features and functions that make them unique and valuable.
Been doing some playing with the file backup feature in the paid version of Macrium Reflect. It make a good fist of doing base backups and incrementals. The compression ratio on the full backup is greater than 50% on high compression and the incrementals seem to backup only changed clusters not whole files. I know this is not the same as snapshots but it is better than nothing.
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