What You Need to Know About VMware Player

VMware Player

VMware Player is a simple yet effective virtualization tool used by MajorGeeks.

VMware Player is available free for personal or noncommercial use; commercial usage will require purchasing a license. Furthermore, this application enables access to vCenter servers and ESXi hosts.

Free version

VMware Player, available free for both Windows and Linux PCs, allows you to run one virtual machine at a time on either platform. This tool is ideal for testing new operating systems or applications and features a user-friendly interface and unsurpassed OS support; in addition to advanced networking and 3D accelerated graphics support. In Unity mode applications running within guest virtual machines can even appear among other Windows apps displayed on the host computer.

VMware Workstation Pro is an upgrade of VMware Player that unlocks most of its features. Additionally, it supports vSphere and ESXi, enabling virtual machine connectivity over networks; snapshot cloning; running multiple virtual machines at the same time password-protected for security; connecting to remote ESXi servers via desktop control – among many others!

VMware Player and Workstation Pro are powerful virtualization applications designed to enable users to run multiple operating systems from a single desktop computer. Both can be used for personal and noncommercial use, making them perfect tools for software testing, training and development.

VMware provides not only desktop operating systems but also an extensive selection of specialized virtual machines designed to test specific types of hardware. These virtual machines include security testing tools, operating systems designed for specific purposes and even emulators which simulate complex computing environments.

VMware-compatible virtual machines enable you to import third-party images such as Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery images, Norton Ghost 10 images, StorageCraft ShadowProtect images and Acronis True Image images directly into them. Furthermore, snapshots may also be created of your virtual machine so you can use them later for restore to an earlier state.

VMware Player’s most recent version features a simplified graphical user interface, featuring a list of virtual machines used by the application now displayed on its left panel while tabs for them have been removed from its upper toolbar. There have also been minor adjustments such as moving the message log from below the window onto its status bar.

Multiple VMs

VMware Player is only suitable for noncommercial use and only allows one virtual machine (VM) at a time to be run at once. Furthermore, there’s no multi-VM management window like Workstation Pro provides, which can be an obstacle when trying to run multiple VMs at the same time.

Solution: Install a Linux distribution that can handle multiple virtual machines on the host computer and use VMware as necessary to host them. VMware supports many operating systems (OSs), making it easier than ever before to find one suitable to your needs.

VMware Workstation and Player can both be installed on standard x86 hardware with Intel or AMD 64-bit processors and many Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Red Hat SUSE Mint etc. Additionally both virtualization applications can also run on computers running Windows, Mac OS or even BSD OS operating systems.

Once you have a compatible OS and host computer, VMware Player offers an intuitive graphical user interface for creating virtual machines. A wizard will guide you through each step in installing guest operating systems quickly and simply – it is an efficient process!

When creating a virtual machine, you have the choice between using an existing OS image file or starting fresh. When choosing either option, the wizard will install both operating system and required VMware tools for optimal operation in virtualized environments.

Once a VM is created, its files can be seen through a user-friendly graphical user interface and its settings customized. Multiple virtual network adapters may also be added so it can connect to different networks – VMware Workstation and Player support bridged, NAT, and Host-Only networks types respectively.

VMware Workstation and Player both support saving snapshots of running virtual machines, providing a way to revert back to an earlier state if something goes amiss with your virtual machine’s current state. When taking a snapshot, its differencing virtual disk will be updated with any changes since its previous state was taken – creating an earlier state VM if something goes amiss now!


Snapshots provide a frozen copy of a virtual machine’s state, including configuration and settings as well as any data on disks or any other storage devices it utilizes. They can later be restored for troubleshooting purposes or security testing and are available both in VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Player environments.

Snapping a snapshot is easy and quick; simply right-click a VM, select “Snapshots,” and click the button labeled “Take a Snapshot.” After taking your snapshot, you can name and describe it; furthermore, you can decide whether or not to include its memory within its scope; in such an instance, make sure that it was powered on when taking its snapshot.

Snapshots are independent data copies that allow files, disks and even entire virtual machine registrations to be recreated without depending on any original source files or disks used to create them. They are sometimes known as delta or differencing disks as they only include changes since their creation.

Many enterprises rely on snapshot-centric backup and recovery solutions such as Rubrik to provide instantaneous virtual machine and data recovery from snapshots in mere seconds. These solutions also make instant recovery possible between different VM snapshots.

VMware Workstation makes creating virtual machine (VM) clones simple, but this may not always be convenient when its virtual disks are spread across different directories or the host machine has multiple physical network adapters. You could save both time and resources by taking advantage of snapshots instead.

To clone a VMware VM, first shut it down and move its directory. Next, create a folder and copy all its files over. Finally, run your new virtual machine image just like any other. If you wish to revert back to its original state simply select it from your list of VMs and click Revert.


Cloning can be an indispensable feature, for a variety of purposes. Perhaps you need to quickly create several virtual machines (VMs) with identical system settings, or want to copy one to another computer so that a software test can take place on it. Whatever the purpose is, understanding how VMware Player cloning works is key.

To clone a virtual machine (VM), first shut it down before opening it again and selecting Clone from its menu. Select between instant VM, full clone or linked clone from this drop down list before selecting whether you would like an instant, full or linked clone created – linking will require Template Mode enabled on its parent virtual machine; otherwise the linked cloned VM will have identical SID values to its parent VM and accessing any shared folders within it would become impossible.

Cloning can be done quickly and effortlessly using the wizard, who will guide you through each step. However, creating a full clone may take longer due to having to duplicate an entire virtual disk (this process may take up to several minutes).

Once your cloning process is complete, power on the new virtual machine to restore it to the state it was in when you last opened VMware Workstation Pro. If using a managed cloud hosting service such as VMware Vault or VirtuousVM instead, this step won’t be necessary; your VMs are automatically cloned whenever a snapshot of one is taken of one of your existing VMs.

Once a cloned VM is up and running, you can use it for software testing and development as well as customizing its hardware settings to optimize performance and functionality; allocating additional resources where necessary and installing additional software according to your individual needs and requirements. Cloning is especially useful when conducting team quality assurance (QA) testing in one environment.

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