Run virtual machine clusters, containers, and Kubernetes on a single PC
VMware Workstation Pro allows you to run multiple virtual machines, OCI containers , and Kubernetes clusters at the same time on the same Windows or Linux PC. Create fully-featured and secure isolated Linux and Windows virtual machines and other desktop, server, and cloud environments, complete with configurable virtual networks and simulate network conditions , for use in code development, solution architecture, application testing, product demonstrations, and more.
Run nested or connect to vSphere remote VMware
Securely connect to vSphere via vCenter Server or ESXi to launch, control, and manage both virtual machines (VMs) and physical servers. A common VMware hypervisor maximizes productivity and allows easy transfer of virtual machines to and from your local computer, and enables the deployment of entire local VMware Cloud Foundation environments , perfect for Experiment with the next big thing.
Developed and tested for every platform
Workstation Pro supports hundreds of operating systems to run and build applications of any type and now has added support for Build, Run, Pull and Push OCI containers and the ability to create Kubernetes clusters with type and Minikube , as well as providing tools for users to deploy Kubernetes the hard way . Workstation Pro is an essential part of the development and testing cycle by providing applications with a production-like environment, helping developers find bugs early and release great code on time.
Safe and isolated environment
Run a secure second monitor with various privacy settings, tools, and network configurations, or use forensic tools to investigate operating system vulnerabilities. Workstation offers one of the most secure hypervisors in the industry and provides useful features for IT security professionals, such as the ability to 'sniff' virtual network traffic and export it to PCAP format standard.
– vSphere integration
The workstation serves as the ultimate companion to vSphere. A shared hypervisor brings environmental fidelity like no other, ensuring that applications can be easily moved between desktops, data centers, and the cloud. Workstations provide insight into remote clusters, data centers, and virtual machines, and allow users to quickly deploy ESXi and vCenter Server Appliance as virtual labs locally on a single PC .
– CLI for Containers and Kubernetes
Workstation Pro brings with it a new CLI for commanding OCI containers and Kubernetes clusters of the type : & lsquo; vctl & rsquo ;. With vctl, Workstation Pro users can Build, Run, Pull and Push OCI container images. Locally, Workstation deploys a small appliance virtual machine to host the containers, giving them their own IP address on & lsquo; vmnet, & rsquo; eliminates the need for port forwarding and consumes less resources during operation.
– High performance 3D graphics
VMware Workstation Pro supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1, providing a snappy and responsive experience for running 3D applications. Users can run the most demanding 3D applications or modern games with flawless performance in a virtual machine, supporting the latest high-performance graphics hardware.
– Powerful virtual network
Create a complex IPv4 or IPv6 virtual machine network with added support for the Jumbo Framework, or integrate with third-party software to design a full data center topology using software and tools routing in the real world. Test the resiliency of the Virtual Network Simulator application by introducing restrictions on packet loss, latency, and bandwidth.
– Clone for quick copying
Save time and effort and ensure exact copies when creating the same virtual machine setup multiple times. Use “Linked Clone” to quickly clone a virtual machine while significantly reducing physical disk space. Use “Full Copy” to create completely isolated copies that can be shared with others.
– Useful snapshots
Create a restore point to revert on the go, which is perfect for testing unknown software or creating customer demos. Multiple snapshots make it easy to test a variety of scenarios without installing multiple operating systems.
64-bit x86/AMD64 compatible CPU released in 2011 or later*
Core speed 1.3 GHz or faster
Minimum 2GB RAM / 4GB RAM or more recommended
General requirements for host operating systems
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2012
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Note that Windows 7 servers are no longer supported, Workstation 16 will not work on them.
Install Workstation Pro:
VMware Workstation 16 supports hundreds of 32-bit and 64-bit guest operating systems.
Here is a list of the most popular ones:
Solaris, FreeBSD and many other Linux distributions
For Hyper-V enabled servers:
Intel Sandy Bridge or newer CPU
AMD Bulldozer or newer CPU
Windows 10 2004
Minimum requirements to run the container runtime on a Windows Server OS workstation:
Windows 10 1809 or later
Minimum requirements to support Dark Theme on a workstation Windows server operating system:
Windows 10 1809 or later
For 3D hardware-accelerated graphics support: Hardware requirements:
For Windows servers, a GPU that supports DirectX 11.
For Linux servers, the latest NVIDIA proprietary drivers are required.
For Linux servers, AMD devices are not supported
64-bit host OS: Windows 8 or later GNU/Linux with NVIDIA driver supporting OpenGL 4.5 or higher
Guest OS Windows 7 or later GNU/Linux with vmwgfx
* Except the following CPUs are not supported:
Intel Atom processors based on the 2011 “Bonnell” microarchitecture (e.g. Atom Z670/Z650; Atom N570)
The system uses an Intel Atom processor based on the 2012 “Saltwell” microarchitecture (e.g. Atom S1200, Atom D2700/D2500, Atom N2800/N2600.
The system uses AMD processors based on the “Llano” and “Bobcat” microarchitectures (e.g. codenames “Hondo”, “Ontario”, “Zacate”, “Llano”)
Additionally, the following CPUs are supported:
Intel processors based on the 2010 “Westmere” microarchitecture (e.g. Xeon 5600, Xeon 3600, Core i7-970, Core i7-980, Core i7-990)
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