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VMware Workstation 14 Player
Run a Second, Isolated Operating System on a Single PC with VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player

VMware Licensing
VMware Workstation 14 Player
VMware Workstation 14 Player for Linux and Windows, ESD
#WS14-PLAY-C
Our Price: $149.00

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Overview:

Run a Second, Isolated Operating System on a Single PC with VMware Workstation Player

VMware Workstation Player allows you to run a second, isolated operating system on a single PC. With many uses ranging from a personal educational tool, to a business tool for providing a simplified experience to run a corporate desktop on a BYO device, Workstation Player leverages the VMware vSphere hypervisor to provide a simple yet mature and stable, local virtualization solution.


VMware Workstation Player

Education

Today’s technology landscape is evolving at an incredible pace, and virtualization tools from VMware not only lead the pack but allow you to test this technology in a virtual sandbox on your existing PC. Students get a simple environment for exploring new operating systems, and faculty can distribute repeatable lab environments for classroom activity without the need for an internal cloud.

VMware Workstation Player

Business

VMware Workstation Player allows businesses to embrace BYO by providing a corporate desktop image that can run managed or unmanaged on an end user’s laptop or desktop PC. Users get easy access to corporate desktops and apps, while IT admins get the ability to centrally manage and enforce security policies when used with Horizon FLEX.


Tech Specs:

System Requirements

Systems using Processors (CPUs) launched in 2011 or later are supported except:

  • Intel Atom processors based on the 2011 “Bonnell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom Z670/Z650; Atom N570)
  • Systems using Intel Atom processors based on the 2012 “Saltwell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom S1200, Atom D2700/D2500, Atom N2800/N2600).
  • Systems using AMD processors based on the “Llano” and “Bobcat” micro-architectures (e.g. code-named “Hondo”, “Ontario”, “Zacate”, “Llano”)

In addition the following are supported:

  • Systems using Intel processors based on the 2010 “Westmere” micro-architecture (e.g. Xeon 5600, Xeon 3600, Core i7-970, Core i7-980, Core i7-990)
  • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
  • 2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM or more recommended

Host Operating Systems (64-bit)

  • Ubuntu 14.04 and above
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 & above
  • CentOS 6.0 and above
  • Oracle Linux 6.0 and above
  • openSUSE Leap 42.2 and above
  • SUSE Linux 12 and above

Guest Operating Systems

More than 200 operating systems are supported, including:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.X
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Ubuntu
  • Red Hat
  • SUSE
  • Oracle Linux
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • openSUSE
  • Mint
  • CentOS

  • For a complete list of supported host and guest operating systems visit the VMware Compatibility Guide.

 

Features:

Simple but Powerful Virtualization

With nearly 20 years of active development, VMware Workstation Player builds from the same platform as VMware Workstation Pro and vSphere, making it one of the most mature and stable solutions for local desktop virtualization. Safely and easily run a second operating system as a virtual machine (VM) on a single PC without affecting your main desktop environment and without rebooting.


The Perfect Tool for Learning

The isolation and sandbox capabilities of VMware Workstation Player make it the perfect tool to help you learn about operating systems, applications and how they work. Being able to run a server environment on a desktop PC also allows you to explore software and application development in a “real world” environment without interfering with the host desktop.

Your Path to BYO

With VMware Workstation Player, you can isolate corporate desktops from BYO devices by disabling copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, shared folders and access to USB devices. Run restricted VMs that are encrypted and password-protected to ensure only authorized users can interact with corporate data. Or combine Workstation Player with Horizon FLEX to remotely manage the delivery and security policies of VMs.

A Secure and Isolated Environment

Run a secure second desktop with different privacy settings, tools and networking configurations to keep your host system safe and secure while browsing online.

 

Compare:

Workstation Player or Workstation Pro - Choose the Right Version for You
VMware Workstation 14 Player (licensed) VMware Workstation 14 Pro
General
Create New VMs
Create Large VMs (16CPU x 64GB RAM)
Over 200 Supported Guest OSs
Mass Deployment
Host/Guest Integration
Host/Guest File Sharing
Run VMs with Different View Modes
3D Graphics with DX10 and OpenGL 3.3 Support
Device Support
4K Display Support
Support a Wide Range of Virtual Devices
USB Smart Card Reader Support
USB 3.0 Device Support
Advanced Features
Run Managed/Restricted Desktop
Run Encrypted VM  
Drag-able Tabbed Interface  
Run Multiple VMs at Once  
Create/Manage Encrypted VM  
Snapshots  
Advanced Networking  
Virtual Machine Cloning  
Share Virtual Machine (Workstation Server)  
Connect to vSphere/ESXi Server  
Command Line Operation: vmrun  
New Features
vCenter Server Appliance Effortless Deploy
Remote vSphere Host Power Control  
Microsoft Virtualization Based Security (Guest) Support
Virtual Trusted Platform Module
Virtual Network Simulation (packet loss, latency)  
Virtual Network Rename  
UEFI Boot Support
UEFI Secure Boot Support

FAQs:

What is VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player (formerly known as Player Pro) is a desktop virtualization application that is available for free for personal use. A Commercial License can be applied to enable Workstation Player to run Restricted Virtual Machines created by VMware Workstation Pro and Fusion Pro.

Can I still use VMware Workstation Player for free?

VMware Workstation Player is free for personal non-commercial use (business and non profit use is considered commercial use). If you would like to learn about virtual machines or use them at home you are welcome to use VMware Workstation Player for free. Students and faculty of accredited educational institutions can use VMware Workstation Player for free if they are members of the VMware Academic Program.

Are there guidelines for using VMware Workstation Player for personal use?

Yes. Please refer to the VMware Workstation Player End-User License Agreement (EULA) for using VMware Workstation Player according to VMware design and licensing guidelines.

How can I get the free version of VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player can be downloaded here.

Can I access VMware Workstation Player documentation online for free?

Yes, both English and Japanese language versions are available for download in electronic format from the VMware Workstation Player documentation website.

How does VMware Workstation Player work?

VMware Workstation Player installs like a standard desktop application. Once installed, VMware Workstation Player allows you to install new operating systems and run them as virtual machines in a separate window. VMware Workstation Player includes features that enable users to create and configure their own virtual machines for optimal performance and access any devices connected to their PC.

What can I do with VMware Workstation Player?

Use VMware Workstation Player to create, run, evaluate, and share software running in virtual machines:

  • Create: Use VMware Workstation Player to create virtual machines with the latest 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux operating systems. With Easy Install it’s easier than installing them directly on your PC.
  • Run: VMware Workstation Player can be used by anyone to run virtual machines on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Workstation Player makes it quick and easy to take advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of virtual machines.
  • Evaluate: VMware Workstation Player is ideal for safely evaluating software distributed as a virtual appliance. Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run enterprise software applications packaged along with an operating system in a virtual machine. With VMware Workstation Player, anyone can quickly and easily experience the benefits of preconfigured products without any installation or configuration hassles. Run over 900 virtual appliances from leading software vendors available from the VMware Solution Exchange.

What is the difference between the free and paid editions of VMware Workstation Player?

VMware Workstation Player is a free download, but purchasing and entering a license key entitles the users to the following additional benefits:

  • When licensed, VMware Workstation Player is designed to be used commercially. It is licensed for use by employees, training organizations, contractors and can be transferred to partners or potential customers.
  • When licensed, VMware Workstation Player is enabled to run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Fusion Pro or VMware Workstation.
  • When licensed, VMware Workstation Player better supports mass deployments to thousands of users including installation options and custom configuration settings to run unattended installs using system configuration software and hide unwanted features.

How does VMware Workstation Player compare to VMware Workstation Pro?

VMware Workstation Player enables you to quickly and easily create and run virtual machines. The Workstation Player user interface is designed to be as easy to use as possible. It is intended for people who need to run virtual machines, typically provided to them by their IT organization, system administrator, instructor, software supplier etc.

VMware Workstation Pro is much more advanced and comes with powerful features including snapshots, cloning, remote connections to vSphere or vCloud Air, sharing VMs, advanced Virtual Machines settings and much more. Workstation is designed to be used by technical professionals such as developers, quality assurance engineers, systems engineers, IT administrators, technical support representatives, trainers, etc. More comparison details are available in the Workstation Pro vs Workstation Player comparison table.

Can VMware Workstation Player run restricted virtual machines created by VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion Pro?

Yes, if you purchase a VMware Workstation Player. This feature is only activated in the licensed version of Workstation Player.

Support:

VMware Basic Support & Subscription

Weekday Support for Test, Dev and Non-Critical Deployments

  • Global, 12x5 access to support
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Basic Support is designed for non-critical applications and platforms that require support during normal business hours. Our global support centers have been strategically placed to provide you with fast and efficient access to the support center in your region. Each center is staffed with engineers that can provide industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

VMware Production Support & Subscription Service

Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri.

  • Global, 24x7 support for Severity 1 issues
  • Fast response times for critical issues
  • Unlimited number of support requests
  • Remote Support
  • Online access to documentation and technical resources, knowledge base, discussion forums
  • Product updates and upgrades

Overview

VMware Production Support is designed with your production environments in mind. Our global support centers are staffed around the clock to provide you access to our industry-leading expertise in virtualization and years of experience supporting virtual infrastructure products in real-world customer environments. We are committed to delivering enterprise-class, worldwide support with a single objective in mind: your success.

Feature Production Support Basic Support
Hours of Operation1 24 Hours/Day
7 Days/Week
365 Days/Year
12 Hours/Day
Monday–Friday
Length of Service 1 or 3 Years 1 or 3 Years
Product Updates 2 Yes Yes
Product Upgrades 2 Yes Yes
Products Supported 3 All Products
(excluding VMware Fusion and VMware Player)
All Products
Method of Access Telephone/Web Telephone/Web
Response Method Telephone/Email Telephone/Email
Remote Support Yes Yes
Root Cause Analysis Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Support Offering Available only with Business Critical or Mission Critical Offering
Access to VMware Web Site Yes Yes
Access to VMware Discussion Forums and Knowledge Base Yes Yes
Max Number of Technical Contacts per Contract 6 4
Number of Support Requests Unlimited Unlimited
Target Response Times
Critical (Severity 1)
Major (Severity 2)
Minor (Severity 3)
Cosmetic (Severity 4)

30 minutes or less: 24x7
4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours

4 business hours
8 business hours
12 business hours
12 business hours
Business Hours
North America
Alaska, Hawaii
Latin America

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

Asia, Pacific Rim, Japan (APJ)

Australia/New Zealand
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)
Monday - Friday
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST/PDT)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time zone)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (GMT/GMT+1)

8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Singapore Time)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sydney AET)

1 Hours of operation for Gemstone are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST/PDT). Severity 1 issues are responded to 24x7.
2 Product updates and upgrades are not included with Basic Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
Product updates and upgrades are not included with Production Support and Subscription Service for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for VMware.
3 VMware Fusion Professional and VMware Workstation require a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Basic support. VMware Workstation requires a minimum of ten (10) licenses in order to purchase Production Support.

Documentation:

VMware Workstation Player Documentation.

Pricing Notes:

VMware Licensing
VMware Workstation 14 Player
VMware Workstation 14 Player for Linux and Windows, ESD
#WS14-PLAY-C
Our Price: $149.00
VMware Workstation 14 Player Basic Support and Subscription
Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri. Minimum purchase quantity of 10.
VMware Workstation 14 Player Basic Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#WS14-PLAY-G-SSS-C
Our Price: $31.00
VMware Workstation 14 Player Production Support and Subscription
Technical Support, 24 Hour Sev 1 Support -- 7 days a week. Minimum purchase quantity of 10.
VMware Workstation 14 Player Production Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#WS14-PLAY-P-SSS-C
Our Price: $37.00
VMware Workstation 12 Player Basic Support and Subscription
Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri. Minimum purchase quantity of 10.
VMware Workstation 12 Player Basic Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#WS12-PLAY-G-SSS-C
Our Price: $31.00
VMware Workstation 12 Player Production Support and Subscription
Technical Support, 24 Hour Sev 1 Support -- 7 days a week. Minimum purchase quantity of 10.
VMware Workstation 12 Player Production Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#WS12-PLAY-P-SSS-C
Our Price: $37.00