Hot off the presses is the release of VMware Workstation 11, and Player 7 Pro. Even though I have a full blown ESXi lab at home, I still find uses for VMware Workstation. For example, I have Windows 10 tech preview running in a Workstation VM. For those of you without a physical ESXi lab, Workstation is a great way to run multiple VMs on your PC. New features in Workstation 11 include:
- Increased OS support. Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, Ubuntu 14.10, RHEL 7, CentOS 7 and OpenSUSE 13.2. Also included is support for Windows 10 technical preview (although I had this running on WS10 without issues).
- Now sports VM hardware version 11, coming to vSphere 6.0 this spring. Features updated xHCI and NDIS drivers.
- Improved support for high DPI displays, such as QHD+ (3200×1800)
- When running on a Haswell PC, you can see up to a 45 percent improvement in CPU intensive operations like multi-media over Workstation 10.
- VMs can now support 16 vCPUs, 8TB disks, 64GB of RAM and 2GB of video memory.
- Boot VMs with EFI
- Create desktop shortcuts for VMs
- Connection to VMware vCloud Air. Easily upload, run and view your VMs right from Workstation.