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VMware Workstation Pro
Leading Edge PC Virtualization

VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Licensing
VMware Workstation Pro 12
VMware Workstation Pro 12 for Linux and Windows
*Price per license. SnS is not required with license purchase. SnS and Per Incident Support sold separately.
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Our Price: $249.99

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Overview:

Leading Edge PC Virtualization

VMware Workstation Pro transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation Pro takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.

State of the Art Desktop Virtualization for Windows and Linux

VMware Workstation Pro takes advantage of the latest hardware to replicate server, desktop and tablet environments in a virtual machine. Run applications on a breadth of operating systems including Linux, Windows and more at the same time on the same PC without rebooting. VMware Workstation Pro makes it really easy to evaluate new operating systems like Windows 10, test software applications and patches, and reference architectures in an isolated and safe environment. No other desktop virtualization software offers the performance, reliability and cutting edge features of Workstation Pro.

Desktop Virtualization for Windows and Linux with VMware Workstation Pro

Create Powerful Virtual Machines

With the ability to allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory, and graphics memory to each virtual machine, Workstation Pro maximizes your computer’s resources to run the most demanding applications in a virtual environment. Workstation Pro even lets you run virtual ESXi hosts and vSphere appliances, letting you create an entire Software Defined Data Center right on your desktop.

Create powerful virtual machines with VMware Workstation Pro

From the PC to the Cloud

Seamlessly access all the virtual machines you need, regardless of where they reside, from the PC to the cloud. Simply drag and drop to move your virtual machines from your PC to the private cloud with VMware vSphere or the public cloud with vCloud Air. By leveraging the hybrid cloud you are no longer constrained by the power of your PC and can quickly migrate and scale your workloads to the cloud while reducing complexity and maintaining compatibility.

vCloud Air to Move Your VMs from PC to Cloud

Take Control of Your Virtual Machines

Workstation Pro gives technical professionals powerful controls over how to set up and interact with virtual machines. Choose from a wide variety of options for installing, protecting, connecting, sharing and viewing virtual machines to save valuable time. You can even create virtual machines that are encrypted, require a change of password and expire at a predefined date and time. Use the virtual network editor to build up to 20 custom virtual networks for connected multi-tier applications. Leverage the Snapshot feature to preserve the state of a virtual machine so you can return to it at any time.

Powerful controls of Virtual Machines with VMware Workstation Pro

Share Your Virtual Machines

Sharing a virtual machine is the quickest way to share and test applications with your team in a more production like environment. Run VMware Workstation Pro as a server to share a repository of pre-loaded virtual machines in every desired configuration with your teammates, department or organization. VMware Workstation Pro provides enterprise caliber control over user access when sharing virtual machines.

Share virtual machines with VMware Workstation Pro

VMware Workstation Pro is Designed For

Software Developers
Software developers rely on Workstation Pro integration with Visual Studio, Eclipse and other tool suites to streamline the development and debugging of their applications in multiple operating systems and environments. Developers can replicate a production web or hybrid cloud environment right on their PC.

Quality Assurance
Quality assurance teams use Workstation Pro to efficiently and economically test applications on a complex matrix of operating systems, application platforms and browsers—all while doing away with repetitive configuration tasks.

IT Professionals
VMware Workstation Pro allows IT professionals to safely test patch deployments, system upgrades and migrations in isolated sandbox environments on a single PC. Quickly recreate, capture and troubleshoot customer issues in a virtual environment. Experiment by running multiple operating systems and applications, or run enterprise-focused hypervisors like ESXi as virtual machines to build a personal lab while preparing for VMware Certification tests (i.e. VCP).

Technical Sales Professionals
Systems engineers and other technical sales professionals love Workstation Pro because it gives them the power to demonstrate complex multi-tier applications with ease. Workstation Pro can simulate an entire virtual network environment—including clients, servers and database virtual machines—all on a single PC.

Teachers and Trainers
Trainers use VMware Workstation Pro to create virtual machines for students that contain all the lessons, applications and tools required for the course. At the end of each class, VMware Workstation Pro can automatically revert the virtual machines back to their original state.

Features:

Introducing Workstation 12 Pro

VMware Workstation 12 Pro continues VMware’s tradition of delivering leading edge features and performance that technical professionals rely on every day when working with virtual machines. With support for the latest version of Windows and Linux, the latest processors and hardware, and the ability to connect to VMware vSphere and vCloud Air, it's the perfect tool to increase productivity, save time and conquer the cloud.

Built for Microsoft Windows 10 and More

Workstation 12 Pro is the best way to evaluate and test Windows 10 with your existing Windows or Linux PC. In a few simple steps you can easily install Windows 10 in a virtual machines from a disc or ISO image using the Workstation Virtual Machines Wizard. With Workstation 12 Pro you can start taking advantage of Windows 10 latest features like Cortana the personal digital assistant, inking capabilities in the new Edge web browser, or even start building Universal Apps for Windows 10 devices. You can even ask Cortana to launch VMware Workstation right from Windows 10.

For organizations and technical users that run the latest Linux distributions, Workstation 12 Pro supports Ubuntu 15.04, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, Fedora 22, and many more. You can even create nested hypervisors to run Hyper-V or VMware ESXi and vSphere to build up the ultimate vSphere lab for training, show demos, and testing. Workstation 12 Pro has added support for VMware Photon so you can start building and experimenting with containerized application running in a virtualized environment.

Built for Microsoft Windows 10 and More

State of the Art Performance

Display Powerful 3D Graphics

Workstation 12 Pro now supports DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3 delivering a more fluid and responsive experience when running 3D applications. With these added capabilities you now have access to all the applications that require Direct X10 such as Microsoft’s Power Map tool for Excel, allowing you to visualize data in a whole new dimension. In addition, Workstation makes running highly demanding 3D applications like AutoCAD or SOLIDWORKS a snap in a virtual machine.

Display Powerful 3D Graphics

Ready for High Resolution Displays

Workstation 12 Pro has been optimized to support high resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) displays for Desktops and QHD+ (3200x1800) displays used in laptops and x86 tablets providing you with a crisp and detailed experience. Workstation 12 Pro now supports multiple monitors on the host with different DPI settings so you can run your brand new 4K UHD display along with your existing 1080P HD display.

Ready for High Resolution Displays

Create Powerful Virtual Machines

With Workstation 12 Pro, you can create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8 TB virtual disks, and 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding desktop and server applications in a virtualized environment. You can give graphics-intensive applications an additional boost by allocating up to 2GB of video memory to a virtual machine.

Create Powerful Virtual Machines

Ready for the Latest Hardware

Take advantage of the latest Intel based tablets with Workstation virtual tablets sensors. Leverage the latest Microsoft Surface tablets with Workstation’s virtual accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and ambient light sensor to enable applications running in the virtual machines to respond when a user moves, rotates, and shakes their tablet. Whether you are running on a laptop, tablet, or desktop, Workstation 12 Pro supports the latest Intel 64-bit x86 processors, including the Broadwell and Haswell microarchitecture for maximum performance.

Ready for the Latest Hardware

Enhanced Connectivity

Workstation 12 Pro takes advantage of the latest hardware supporting HD audio with 7.1 surround sound, USB 3.0, and Bluetooth devices making it easy to get your new webcam, headset, or printer connected in a virtual machine. Workstation 12 Pro now supports USB 3.0 in Windows 7 besides Windows 8 for ultra-fast file transfers with external storage devices. In addition Workstation 12 Pro improves performance of Skype or Lync conference calls within guest virtual machines so you can conduct crystal clear conference calls from your virtual machines.

Enhanced Connectivity

Build Virtual Networks

With improved IPv6 support, including IPv6-to-IPv4 Network Address Translation (6to4 and 4to6), users can create more complex networking topologies than ever before. Use the Workstation 12 Pro virtual network editor to add and remove virtual IPv4 or IPv6 networks and create custom virtual networking configurations, ideal for testing and demonstration environments without impacting the PCs network configuration.

Build Virtual Networks

Leverage the Power of vSphere and vCloud Air

Workstation 12 Pro provides connections to VMware vSphere and vCloud Air service allowing you to extend and scale your virtual machines in the cloud. This allows technical professionals to work with local and server-hosted virtual machines side by side for optimal flexibility, and leverage resources beyond the power of a single PC. With Workstation 12 Pro, seamlessly drag and drop virtual machines between your PC and your internal cloud running vSphere, ESXi or another instance of Workstation. In addition, easily connect to vCloud Air and upload, run, and view virtual machines right from the Workstation 12 Pro interface.

Workstation 12 now provides vCloud Air power operations so you can power on/off or suspend/resume virtual machines saving extra steps and time.

Leverage the Power of vSphere and vCloud Air

Take Productivity to the Next Level

User Interface

Workstation 12 Pro gives technical professionals powerful control over how to set up and interact with virtual machines whether running them locally on your PC or in the cloud. The Workstation 12 Pro interface includes simplified menus, live thumbnails, tabs, preferences screens, and a virtual machine library with search capability allowing you to quickly view and access you virtual machines saving valuable time.

Now with Workstation 12 Pro you can tear away a virtual machine tab to the desktop and create a whole new Workstation instance when you need to work with multiple virtual machines.

User Interface

Protect Your Work and Save Time

With Workstation 12 Pro, you can safeguard and protect your virtual machines and save valuable time when using the Snapshot and Clone features. The Snapshot feature preserves the state of a virtual machine so you can return to it at any time. Duplicating Workstation virtual machines is easy using the clone feature, which allows you to make unlimited copies of a virtual machine right from the baseline installation and configuration. Linked clones are an even quicker, easier and more efficient way to duplicate complex setups for testing and custom demos. Linked clones make a copy of a virtual machine that shares virtual disks with the parent virtual machine and have the benefit of taking significantly less disk space than a full clone.

Protect Your Work and Save Time

Run Restricted Virtual Machines

Create and control policies around your virtual machines and deliver applications to end-users in a Workstation 12 restricted virtual machine container. Protect corporate content by restricting access to Workstation virtual machine settings like drag and drop, copy and paste, and connecting USB devices. Additionally virtual machines can be encrypted and password-protected to ensure that unauthorized users are unable to tamper with the corporate virtual machines settings.

Workstation 12 Pro improves the performance of encrypted VMs during suspend and resume operations with up to 3x faster performance over previous versions of Workstation.

Run Restricted Virtual Machines

Expiring Virtual Machines

For workers assigned to short-term projects, temporary employees, or just delivering a software evaluation, Workstation allows you to create restricted virtual machines that can expire at a predefined date and time. When powered on, the virtual machine will query the server at specified time intervals, storing the current system time in the restricted virtual machine's policy file as the last trusted timestamp. An expired virtual machine will automatically suspend and will not restart without administrator intervention.

Expiring Virtual Machines

Virtual Machine Cross Compatibility

Workstation 12 Pro provides compatibility across the VMware product portfolio and across different platforms. With Workstation 12 Pro you can create virtual machines that can run across the VMware product portfolio or create restricted virtual machines that can be used in Horizon FLEX, Fusion Pro, and Workstation Player.

Virtual Machine Cross Compatibility

Compare:

Compare VMware Workstation 10 and 11 to VMware Workstation 12 Pro
Key Features   VMware Workstation 10 VMware Workstation 11 VMware Workstation 12 Pro
Support for up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB disks, 64 GB of RAM, and 2GB Video  RAM
Hyper-V support
Drag and drop a VM from vSphere to your PC
Create restricted VMs that can expire at a predefined date and time
Virtual tablet sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, ambient light)
Intel Haswell Microarchitecture Extension Support (AVX2, TSX ,and etc.)  
Allocate up to 2GB video memory to a virtual machine  
Boot Virtual machines with EFI Support  
Integration with VMware vCloud Air  (Upload, View, Run)  
Ready for Microsoft Windows 10, Ubuntu 15.04, RHEL 7.1, Fedora 22    
Microsoft DirectX 10 Support    
OpenGL 3.3 Support     
4K Monitor Support     
Host multi monitor support  with different DPI settings    
Automatic VM suspend upon host shutdown     
IPv6 NAT Support    
Tear Away Tabs    
vCloud Air Power Operations (On, Off, Suspend, Resume)    
P2V - Migrate Windows 10 PC to VM    
USB 3.0 Support in Windows 7    
Over 39 new features    

Compare VMware Workstation 12 Player (licensed) to VMware Workstation 12 Pro
Key Features   VMware Workstation 12 Player (licensed) VMware Workstation 12 Pro
Support for up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB disks, 64 GB of RAM, and 2GB Video  RAM
Support for more than 200 Operating Systems 
Run restricted virtual machines
Create restricted virtual machines  
Create expiring virtual machines  
Snapshot tool  
AutoProtect with snapshots  
Virtual Network editor  
Network bandwidth throttling  
Run as a server to share virtual machines  
Enterprise permissions when sharing VMs  
Connect remotely to vSphere to view and manage VMs  
Integration with VMware vCloud Air  (Upload, View, Run, Power Operations)  
Upload VMs to vSphere server  
Connect remotely to a virtual machine with VNC  
Change virtual hardware compatibility  
Tablet sensor configuration (orientation, motion, ambient light)  
Advanced CPU, network, disk, and display settings  
Boot Virtual machines with EFI Support  
Customizable UI Views with Tabs, Library, Thumbnails, Aero Peek  
Create desktop shortcuts for Virtual machines  
Tear Away Tabs  
Create linked clones  
Group power on operation  
Map virtual disks  
Export to OVF  

FAQs:

How does VMware Workstation Pro work?

VMware Workstation Pro works by creating fully isolated, secure virtual machines that encapsulate an operating system and its applications. The VMware virtualization layer maps the physical hardware resources to the virtual machine's resources, so each virtual machine has its own CPU, memory, disks, and I/O devices, and is the full equivalent of a standard x86 machine. VMware Workstation Pro installs onto the host operating system and provides broad hardware support by inheriting device support from the host.

What types of applications can I run in a virtual machine?

Any application that will run on a standard PC will run inside a virtual machine on VMware Workstation Pro. VMware Workstation Pro is the equivalent of a full PC, with full networking and devices — each virtual machine has its own CPU, memory, disks, I/O devices, etc. This allows you to run any application that runs on the supported guest operating systems, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Apache Web Server, Microsoft Visual Studio, Kernel debuggers, Firewalls, VPN software and much more.

Do I need to dual boot or repartition the disk?

No. VMware Workstation Pro uses your computer's file system and creates files that map to a virtual machine's disk drives, so there is no need to create a partition for each operating system. If you already have another operating system with dual boot installed on your computer, you can use VMware Workstation Pro to run the other operating system in a virtual machine on your host operating system. Instead of dual booting, you can run both operating systems simultaneously and seamlessly switch from one operating system to another with a click of your mouse.

How is each operating system installed?

Once you have installed VMware Workstation Pro, you "configure" a virtual machine by assigning it memory, disk, ports, and networking. You then power on that virtual machine with the operating system installation CD or ISO image. The virtual machine will boot, and the operating system will start its normal install procedure.

Does VMware Workstation Pro modify the host or guest operating systems?

No. Your host operating system environment treats VMware Workstation Pro like an application. No modifications need to be made to the guest operating system when it is installed on a virtual machine. Applications on the guest operating system run exactly as they do on your host machine.

What are virtual disks?

Virtual disks are the disk partitions of virtual machines. They are stored as files on the file system of your host operating system. One of the key features of VMware Workstation Pro is encapsulation. This means that complete environments are contained in a set of files, which can be copied, moved, and accessed quickly and easily. Since an entire disk partition is saved as a file, virtual disks are easy to back up, move, and copy. You can create virtual SCSI, IDE, and SATA disks as large as 8 TB.

Does a VMware Workstation virtual machine share the IP address of the host (NAT), or does it have its own IP address?

The virtual machine can use bridged networking to receive its own IP address (when available from a DHCP server), or it can use NAT and share the host's IP address. Also, host-only networking can be set to create an isolated virtual network. Lastly, network connections can be entirely disabled for complete virtual machine isolation.

What languages is VMware Workstation Pro available in?

Workstation Pro software and documentation is available in English and Japanese (Windows only).

Can I access VMware Workstation Pro documentation online for free?

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

Can I purchase a printed VMware Workstation Pro User’s Guide?

No. The VMware Workstation Pro user guide is available for free as a PDF

 

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.

Pricing Notes:

VMware Licensing
VMware Workstation Pro 12
VMware Workstation Pro 12 for Linux and Windows
*Price per license.SnS is not required with license purchase. SnS and Per Incident Support sold separately.
#WS12-LW-CE
Our Price: $249.99
VMware Workstation Version 10.x or 11.x or Player 6 Plus or Player 7 Pro to Workstation Pro 12 Upgrade
Requires Workstation 10.x or 11.x or Player 6 Plus or Player 7 Pro license. SnS is not required with license purchase. SnS and Per Incident Support sold separately
#WS12-LW-UG-CE
Our Price: $149.99
VMware Workstation Basic Support and Subscription
10 license minimum. Serial Numbers Required. Includes Support + Subscription. Technical Support, 12 Hours/Day, per published Business Hours, Mon. thru Fri.
VMware Workstation Basic Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#WS-G-SSS-C
Our Price: $52.00
VMware Workstation Basic Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#WS-3G-SSS-C
Our Price: $137.28
VMware Workstation Production Support and Subscription
10 license minimum. Serial Numbers Required. Includes Support + Subscription. Technical Support, 24x7 Sev 1 Support, Business Hours all other severities.
VMware Workstation Production Support/Subscription, 1 Year
#WS-P-SSS-C
Our Price: $62.00
VMware Workstation Production Support/Subscription, 3 Years
#WS-3P-SSS-C
Our Price: $163.68