VMware creates server and desktop virtualization software that streamlines IT operations across the general IT infrastructure, in data centers, throughout the cloud and on mobile devices. VMware's flagship data center platform is vSphere, which is also part of its VMware vCloud Suite.
VMware Workstation Pro is a hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems
It enables users to set up virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical machine, and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine.
Each virtual machine can execute its own operating system, including versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux, BSD, and MS-DOS.
VMware Workstation is developed and sold by VMware, Inc., a division of Dell Technologies.
There is a free-of-charge version, VMware Workstation Player, for non-commercial use.
An operating systems license is needed to use proprietary ones such as Windows.
Ready-made Linux VMs set up for different purposes are available from several sources.
VMware Workstation includes the ability to group multiple virtual machines in an inventory folder.
The machines in such a folder can then be powered on and powered off as a single object, useful for testing complex client-server environments.
Supportable Versions of VMWare
Windows Server 201 15.5 and later
Windows Server 2016 14.0 and later
Windows Server 2012 R2 10.0 and later
Windows Server 2012 9.0-14
Windows 10 May 2020 Update (Version 2004) 15.5.5 and later
Windows 10 November 2019 Update (Version 1909) 14.1.8 and later
Windows 10 May 2019 Update (Version 1903) 15.1.0 and later
Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Version 1809 15.0.2 and later
Windows 8.1 10.0 and later