VMware Workstation 15.5 for Windows

VMware Workstation 15.5 for Windows

Manufacturer:

VMware, Inc.

Platforms:

Windows

Delivery Type:

Download

Available to:

Academic Users
License expiry date: July 1st, 2020

Fully featured version, available for download. This product allows for personal use on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations or in non-production environments. You must be a student, faculty or staff member of an academic institution to qualify for this offer.

VMware Workstation Pro™ enables technical professionals to develop, test, demonstrate, and deploy software by running multiple x86-based Windows, Linux, and other operating systems simultaneously on the same PC.
 
You can replicate server, desktop, and tablet environments in a virtual machine and allocate multiple processor cores, gigabytes of main memory and graphics memory to each virtual machine, whether the virtual machine resides on a personal PC or on a private enterprise cloud.
 
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 download.

 

VMware Workstation 15.5.2 Pro


System Requirements
VMware recommends the following:
 
    64-bit x86 Intel or AMD Processor from 2011 or later
    1.3GHz or faster core speed
    2GB RAM minimum/4GB RAM recommended
 
Workstation Pro installation: 
 
    1.2 GB of available disk space for the application
    Additional hard disk space required for each virtual machine
    Please refer to vendor's recommended disk space for specific guest operating systems
 
Processors 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)
    Intel Atom processors based on the 2012 “Saltwell” micro-architecture (e.g. Atom S1200, Atom D2700/D2500, Atom N2800/N2600.
    AMD processors based on the “Llano” and “Bobcat” micro-architectures (e.g. code-named “Hondo”, “Ontario”, “Zacate”, “Llano”)
 
In addition, the following are supported:
 
    Intel processors based on the 2010 “Westmere” micro-architecture (e.g. Xeon 5600, Xeon 3600, Core i7-970, Core i7-980, Core i7-990)
 
NOTE: Workstation 15 Pro requires a 64-bit host operating system. Host operating systems* (64-bit):
 
    Windows 10
    Windows 8
    Windows 7
    Windows Server 2016
    Windows Server 2012
    Windows Server 2008
    Ubuntu 8.04 and above
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and above
    CentOS 5.0 and above
    Oracle Linux 5.0 and above
    openSUSE 10.2 and above
    SUSE Linux 10 and above
 
For 3D Graphics Hardware Acceleration support in a virtual machine:
 
    3GB RAM (Host PC)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9900GT and above or ATI Radeon HD 2600 and above
 
See the VMware Compatibility Guide for a complete list of supported host and guest operating systems.
 
Supported Guest Operating Systems
 
VMware Workstation 15 Pro supports hundreds of 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems from Microsoft DOS through Windows 10, Windows NT Server through Windows Server 2016, Ubuntu 17.04 and various flavors of Linux. Here is a list of popular supported guest operating systems.
 
    Windows 10
    Windows 8
    Windows 7
    Windows XP
    Ubuntu
    RedHat
    SUSE
    Oracle Linux
    Debian
    Fedora
    openSUSE
    Mint
    CentOS
    Solaris, FreeBSD, and various other Linux Distros
 
See the VMware Compatibility Guide for a complete list of supported host and guest operating systems.
 
 
Does Workstation 15 Pro support 32-bit operating systems?
 
Workstation 15 Pro requires a 64-bit operating system on the host PC. You can still run your favorite 32-bit Windows and Linux guest operating systems inside a virtual machine on Workstation 15 Pro.
 
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