There are numerous virtual environment provides on the market today, some put ease of use above functionality, other place integration above stability. VMware Workstation Pro is the easiest to use, the fastest and the most reliable app when it comes to evaluating a new OS, or new software apps and patches, in an isolated and safe virtualized environment.
Key Features include:
- Powerful 3D Graphics - DirectX 10* and OpenGL 3.3 support.
- VMware Compatibility - Create one; Run anywhere on VMware software.
- vSphere and vCloud Air Support - Drag and drop VMs between environments.
- Restricted and Encrypted VMs - Protection and performance enhancements.
- Expiring Virtual Machines - Time-limited virtual machines.
- Latest Hardware Support - Broadwell and Haswell CPU support.
- Enterprise Quality Virtual Machines - 16 vCPUs, 8TB virtual disks, and 64GB memory.
- Enhanced IPv6 Support - IPv6-to-IPv4 NAT (6to4 and 4to6).
- Virtual Machine Video Memory - Up to 2GB.
- Enhanced Connectivity - USB 3.0, Bluetooth, HD audio, printers, and Skype support.
- High Resolution Displays - 4K UHD and QHD+ support.
VMware Workstation Pro is a perfect choice for those of you who are a little skeptical about making the leap over to Windows 10. By utilizing an app like this, you'll get to try out all of Windows 10's new features in a safe sandboxed environment, without the need to install the OS natively. VMware Workstation Pro doesn't just support Microsofts OS, you can also install Linux VMs, including Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, and lots of other distributions as well.
Overall, Workstation Pro offers high performance, strong reliability, and cutting edge features that make it stand out from the crowd. The full version is a little pricey, but you do get what you pay for.
Windows 10 Creators Update support:
Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a virtual machine.
Run Windows 10 Creators Update as a host operating system.
Windows 10 Creators Update Auto Detect and Easy Install.
Unity support for Windows 10.
New Guest operating systems support:
Oracle Linux 7.4.
SLE 12 SP3.
Guest VBS Support:
Enabling VBS (Virtualization Based Security) within Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 running as guest operating systems is now supported on VMware Workstation. You can have advanced security features like Device Guard and Credential Guard within guest operating systems.
Guest VBS support currently is only supported for Intel CPUs. For best performance, use Intel Skylake generation CPUs and above.
Now provides a TPM 2.0 compatible virtual Trusted Platform Module for use with advanced security and encryption technologies, such as BitLocker.
VMware Hardware Version:
New CPU enablement, including Intel Skylake and AMD Ryzen CPU support.
Secure Boot, Workstation 14 Pro introduces Secure Boot support for virtual machines to ensure only trusted code is loaded by the UEFI firmware prior to the OS "handoff" process.
Virtual NVMe support Workstation 14 Pro introduces a new virtual NVMe storage controller for improved guest operating system performance on Host SSD drives and support for testing VMware vSAN. NVMe devices require virtual hardware version 13 / ESXi 6.5 compatibility and later.
Rename Virtual Network (Windows host only), Workstation 14 Pro can rename networks in the Virtual Network Editor for better organization.
Network Latency simulation, As well as being able to introduce Packet Loss and Bandwidth caps, Workstation 14 Pro provides new virtual networking controls for introducing incoming and outgoing Latency to virtual machines on a per-NIC basis.
ESXi Host Power Operations:
Enter/Exit Maintenance Mode.
Native OVF support:
With improved OVF/OVA support, Workstation 14 Pro provides an effortless walkthrough to deploy the VMware VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) OVA package for testing and experimentation within Workstation. VCSA6.0 and 6.5 are supported.
Scan for Virtual Machines:
Now allows users to quickly refresh their VM inventory by scanning for virtual machines. It supports VMs on local folders as well as on network shared storage and USB drives.
Automatically Suspend Shared Virtual Machines Upon Host Shutdown:
All running shared virtual machines will be automatically suspended(for both Windows and Linux hosts) or shutdown(Linux hosts only) when the host operating system initiates a shutdown.
Enhanced UI Experience:
IP Address Display on VM Console,The IP and MAC addresses of a VM are now displayed in the VM information area. VMware Tools 10.1.15 or greater is required.
Auto clean up Windows VM disk space, Clean Up Disks now can be automated upon a VM power off. (Windows hosts only)
New GTK+ 3 based UI for Linux:
Linux Workstation UI has been rewritten to support GTK+ 3.