Virtual VMware Workstation 14 Pro now provides enhanced security with support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2016 virtualization-based security (VBS) features as well as enhanced virtual networks and new controls and support for working with vSphere and vCenter Server Appliance.The release of this new release in October is due to the fact that they have been waiting for Microsoft’s Fall update so that it can be compatible with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server 2016 v1709, in addition to Linux support for Fedora 26 and the new Ubuntu 17.04.
VMware Workstation Pro 14
VMware Workstation 14 Pro takes virtualization to the next level and is compatible with a wide variety of operating systems.What’s new with this new version? Workstation 14 Pro builds on the newest vSphere Virtual Hardware Platform, offering new features such as support for:
- Microsoft Device Guard and Credential Guard “Virtualization Based Security” are compatible with Windows 10 Guests (Guests only at this time).
- UEFI Secure Boot, required for VBS and compatible with virtual guests ESXi sixty-five.
- A new NVMe Virtual Device for faster disk access on SSD storage and a requirement for the vSAN test.
- Compatibility with the latest Intel Kabylake and AMD Ryzen CPUs.
- A new Reliable Platform Virtual Module that is used to drive keys for guest encryption services, such as BitLocker.
On the other hand, VMware Workstation Pro 14 adds new virtual network simulation features, such as network latency, configurable for inbound and outbound traffic for each virtual network adapter. This feature makes it easy to test the flexibility of your applications in difficult network conditions.
For users looking to test the vCenter Server device, Workstation Pro now provides a guided wizard to make deployment easy.When connected to vSphere, users can now control power operations for ESXi hosts. Shut them down, restart them or put them in or out of maintenance mode directly from Workstation Pro.
All this and numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements taking advantage of the new CPU hardware virtualization quirks are what continue to make Workstation Pro the essential tool for IT professionals, and Workstation Player the ideal solution for secure virtual desktops.
VMware Workstation 14 Player
VMware Workstation Player – formerly known as Player Pro – is an application optimized for desktop virtualization that runs one or more operating systems on the same computer without having to restart the computer. With its simple user interface, unrivalled compatibility with operating systems and portability, it’s easier than ever for IT professionals to get their users to work with a corporate desktop.
Workstation 14 Player gets many of the benefits of its older brother Workstation Pro, which includes performance, bug fixes and upgraded hardware and operating system support. Like Pro, Player can now also run VM security based on Windows virtualization with Device Guard and Credential Guard, making it useful to give compatible corporate desktops in a secure container to end users.
For businesses, VMware Workstation 14 Player gives users the ability to run restricted virtual machines that comply with corporate policy. Combined with the security features of VBS, this business solution is designed for enterprises looking to run a single secure and virtual desktop on a corporate PC or BYO.Workstation 14 Player is free for personal use, for a commercial use you will need a license.
VMware Workstation 14 Pro and Player work on systems with 64-bit CPUs, except on computers with Intel “Nehalem” processors and previous CPUs. In general, it works on Windows or Linux systems, such as:
- Windows 10, 8, y 7.
- Windows Server 2016, 2012 y 2008.
- Oracle Linux.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.